Rival network challenges ATV to public debate over broadcast boast

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 November, 2012, 4:10am

TV licence applicant City Telecom (CTI) boss Ricky Wong Wai-kay will challenge broadcaster ATV in a public debate he plans to stage soon.

Wong's plan to take on ATV's major investor Wong Ching and its executive director James Shing Pan-yu emerged yesterday after CTI filed a letter of complaint with the Communications Authority against ATV's live cast on Sunday of its protest against the issuing of new free TV licences.

Wong told the South China Morning Post that Wong Ching and Shing should be held responsible for broadcasting their one-sided opinion. "ATV should come out and debate with us," said Wong, whose company has waited in vain for more than 1,000 days for a new free TV licence.

"The information they gave [on Sunday] was misleading."

ATV had said on Sunday that the viewership ratio between ATV and TVB was 4:6, but CTI pointed out that according to a 2010 survey conducted by the then Broadcasting Authority, ATV had only 6.6 per cent of viewership.

ATV also attributed the 1978 collapse of Commercial Television to lack of market support. But Wong said: "CTV shut down because of restrictions on its share distribution and programming. What ATV said was misleading."