Critical report on Chinese tycoon's role in ATV to be released, court rules

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 May, 2013, 3:02pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 May, 2013, 4:02pm

The Communications Authority can release details of a critical report on mainland property tycoon and ATV majority investor Wong Ching’s role in the day-to-day operations of the free-to-air television station, the Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday.

Last year, ATV won a judicial review to block the authority from releasing the final report to the public, but the authority subsequently took the case to the appeal court.

The court on Wednesday also rejected ATV’s request that the authority must disclose the identity of those witnesses who had accused Wong of mismanagement.

Some details of the preliminary report were revealed in a judicial review application filed in June last year by the television station.

The report accuses Wong of having de facto control of ATV, which violates broadcast rules. It also says ATV executive director James Shing Pan-yu had ceded much of his day-to-day tasks to Wong and he is unfit to hold a broadcasting licence.

ATV said it was considering appealing against Wednesday’s ruling.