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Thousands of protesters demand answers on HKTV decision

Leung declines to address rally on government decision to reject HKTV

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 October, 2013, 9:45pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 October, 2013, 3:34am

Tens of thousands of black-clad protesters occupied the grounds of government headquarters last night demanding an explanation of the decision on free-to-air television licences - but Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said this would only be given in court.

Leung refused to address the public rally on why Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV) was denied a licence while two others were approved.

"There are two upcoming judicial reviews, so I cannot elaborate on the rationale at this stage," Leung said.

He was referring to a challenge filed by Philip Li Koi-hop, chairman of fringe political group the People's Opposition Party and one promised by HKTV chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay.

Li said later he would not go ahead with his review but ATV, facing competition from the new players, is now considering one.

Leung spoke as the number of protesters swelled in a week when former HKTV staff had camped outside the headquarters in Admiralty after a march last Sunday drew 36,000 to 80,000, people according to estimates by police and organisers.

Last night Civic Square, Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar Park and the Legco carpark were full.

The former staff have demanded an answer from the government by today on why i-Cable's Fantastic Television and PCCW's Hong Kong Television Entertainment got licences while HKTV did not.

Refusing to say any more, Leung said: "We know the public are very concerned."

He added: "We have complied with procedural justice, having considered the consultancy reports and all criteria."

Wong meanwhile distanced himself from the growing social movement saying it was his staff, not he, who had given the government an ultimatum. He said he would like to help disperse public grievances.

"But we need to talk to the government first. If they refuse to sit down and talk, the problem will remain unsolved," he added.

Wong, who has repeatedly said he does not believe political considerations were behind the rejection of his licence bid, disclosed a "leftist" inclination in a public lecture yesterday.

He said some TV stations gave Hongkongers a bad impression of Beijing and things should be done to make local youngsters more patriotic. He said he was no democracy fighter, and was "a bit leftist".

As the stock price of HKTV surged yesterday, Exco member Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun said in a statement that "there was no suggestion that the TV licensing decision would be reviewed".

On Thursday, she told the Post that the Executive Council "could have a chance to discuss the licence issue again".



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I think it's about supporting the staff, supporting freedom of expression, condemning opaque governance, etc. Ricky Wong himself is to me the least of all the factors.
headline should read;
" thousands of HKTV staff-family members-hanger ons protest loss of revenue stream"
With the help of the media and possibly the pan-democratic legislators who want nothing more but to destroy Hong Kong.
Silly People pretending like there is a real government in Hong Kong. If they really want to talk to the decision makers, they should be protesting in Beijing at the Propaganda Ministry. But, that will get them arrested in Chinese prison, or some will disappear without a trace into a black prison. The reason Exco is so loath to reveal any secret deliberations is because, if they were to tell the truth, the decision came from Beijing. Full stop. But, these puppets are banned from saying that, so they hide behind "cabinet secrecy". It is still necessary, today, to keep up a facade of some sort of independent government in HK. Tomorrow? We'll see. Connect Zhang de Jiang, his history of problem resolution in Dongguan, etc with his role as Minister of HK and Macao Affairs, and you have a definitive answer on where this is going in 3 years or less. He is #3 behind XJP and LiKQ. He is not a nice man.
All of these protests are actually a form of social masturbation while watching ****. They know the sex is not real, but pretend it is real and not address the fact that it really is only one's own hand and not the real thing.
How did Ricky Wong get so many people out to support him?
With all the repect to those who shows sympathy and support to hktv. I think its waste time protesting at this stage. Hktv already entering or bring this to the court . So government won't answer any or give clarity on their decision at this stage..
beside hktv, atv and tvb might bring this to court too.. so hktv ppl better look for plan b...and move on
How did **** Law ever get back into the government (Exco)? Unreal....
Ha...they even censor her name...
should be F-a-n-n-y Law


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