City Digest, December 1, 2012
TVB slams 'illogical' government in new ads
TVB placed full-page advertisements in four Chinese-language newspapers yesterday, accusing the government of being "illogical" and "irresponsible" in its deliberations on whether to issue new free-to-air TV licences. It said officials had not studied whether there was enough advertising revenue to support new players. The broadcaster - which has seen dozens of employees jump ship to City Telecom, which is among applicants for a licence - has threatened legal action if new licences are approved.
Van driver arrested over deadly crash
Police arrested the 23-year-old driver of a delivery van over a collision on Lantau Island that left a taxi driver dead and five people injured. The van hit the taxi in Cheung Tung Road at about 1pm yesterday, killing 54-year-old cabbie Lee Kam-ming. Five passengers on board the van were also injured.
Police probe expat's apparent suicide bid
Police were trying to establish the identity of an expatriate woman who was believed to have jumped off the top of the 11-storey Kwai Wing Building on Hennessy Road, Wan Chai in an apparent suicide attempt. The woman, thought to be about 30 years old, hit the roof of a Citybus double-decker before falling onto the road at about 3pm. She was taken to Queen Mary Hospital. The authorities appealed to witnesses to call 3661 1348 or 3661 1300 with any information.
Run Run Shaw's nephew in debt dispute
A nephew of media mogul Run Run Shaw is suing a film distributor for HK$2 million in unpaid debt. James Shaw Fung, in a writ filed with the High Court, claimed that businessman Lau Shee-thim failed to pay the amount, which was the balance of a HK$3 million loan that Shaw granted Lau in 2004. Shaw said Lau had borrowed money from him regularly over the past 20 years.