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  1. News - Hong Kong - MEDIA

    TVB's Lee family may have breached TV licensing rules

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 04:12am by Amy Nip, Vivienne Chow

    ... 'breached TV licensing rules' The influential Lee family of TVB- including flamboyant socialite Christina Lee Look Ngan-kwan- may have been illegally holding more than one broadcasting licence ... remotely held by a conglomerate unrelated to TVB, of which Mr [Anthony] Lee's cousin was an independent non-executive director- had obtained another licensable television programme service ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Law empowers government to decide on TV licensing bids, court told

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:22am by JULIE CHU

    ... Julie Chu julie.chu@scmp.com Provisions in Broadcasting Ordinance let Chief Executive in Council have final say on licensing, court told in review of failed HKTV application 'Law ... to make the final decision on the licensing issue, barrister Benjamin Yu SC, representing the government, said. There was a need for the Chief Executive in Council to consider the public interest ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - MEDIA

    Quality counts in free-TV licensing, TVB poll finds

    Posted Mar 16th 2013, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Viewers deem good programming important and prefer to watch newscasts, TVB poll finds Quality counts in free TV licensing Hongkongers consider programme quality ... About two-thirds of respondents think the government should judge licensing applicants based on the quality of their existing products. The poll's margin of error is less than 1.6 per cent. ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Court's decision on free-to-air TV licensing will be closely watched

    Posted Oct 25th 2013, 01:22am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Must-watch end to TV drama The television licensing debacle has posed another challenge to chief executive Leung Chun-ying. It started with his cabinet being accused of unfairness for rejecting Hong Kong Television Network's bid to go on air, while approving two pay-TV operators to expand into the free-to-air market. Fuelled by conspiracy theory, ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - BROADCASTING

    Governance is at stake in TV licensing fallout, observers warn

    Posted Oct 23rd 2013, 04:53am

    ... 'Governance at stake' in TV fallout The storm over free-television licensing may leave a more far-reaching impact on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's governance than any of his ... with such overwhelming public views, the licensing decision is looking to become more problematic than the national education controversy last year, when it was just about a [contentious] handbook and a single ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - ENTERTAINMENT

    TV licensing could be discussed again in wake of HKTV snub fury

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 11:49pm by Tanna Chong, VIVIENNE CHOW AND STUART LAU

    ... 'Chance' Exco may revisit licensing issue One of the chief executive's closest aides believes the television licensing issue could be put before the Executive Council again, and said ... on the licensing decision- was asked if her comment meant Exco would discuss the controversy, she would only say: "Under the confidentiality rule, the Exco agenda should not be revealed." She ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - BROADCASTING

    TV licensing row shows up fickle policy, critics say

    Posted Oct 17th 2013, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Denial of TV operation to investor Ricky Wong turns spotlight on the government's judgment and stance in opening up the market, critics say Licensing shows up ... failed to secure a free-to-air television licence. Veterans familiar with the industry are unconvinced by a minister's account on Tuesday in granting licences to i-Cable's Fantastic ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Beijing and Exco justify intervention in Legco vote on probing TV licensing

    Posted Nov 10th 2013, 06:01am by Stuart Lau, Tanna Chong

    ... Stuart Lau and Tanna Chong Beijing lobbying in TV vote 'justified' An Executive Council member and a Beijing source have justified the role the central government's liaison office played in the defeat of an effort by lawmakers to investigate the decision to deny independent HKTV a free-to-air television licence. Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, a non-official Exco member, ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - BROADCASTING

    Executive councillor under fire for 'conflict of interest' in TV licensing rejection

    Posted Oct 23rd 2013, 04:53am by Tanna Chong

    ... to know if Cha had declared her interest or had withdrawn from the discussions that led to the exclusion of the Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV), while iCable's Fantastic TV ... in discussions on the issuing of new free-to-air television licences, saying her family links to existing player ATV may have created a conflict of interest. Cha's brothers-in-law are investors ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - BROADCASTING

    Public dubious of TV license decision as HKTV staff back Ricky Wong

    Posted Oct 17th 2013, 12:00am by SAMUEL CHAN, Johnny Tam and Amy Nip

    ... Wong Wai-kay has the heart to make a difference." Accountant Jenny Tso, 35, said the public were the direct consumers of free-to-air television and could not understand why Fantastic TV ... I don't think we will enjoy such room for creative freedom anywhere else," he said. "Everyone at HKTV has the passion to bring about a sea change in the local TV scene … we have ...




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