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Hong Kong government rating slumps to new record low amid HKTV row

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 November, 2013, 4:47am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 November, 2013, 11:35am

The decision to award two rather than three television licences has resulted in public satisfaction with the government slumping to a 20-year low, say organisers of a University of Hong Kong survey.

In the latest score covering the first half of November measured by the Public Sentiment Index (PSI), support for the government dropped to 58.3 points out of 200 - the first time it has dipped below 60 since the university's public opinion programme started collecting figures in 1992.

"The issue of free television licences … has already been reflected in this and previous PSI," said Jazz Ma, IT manager of the programme.

As top officials stood firm on refusing a review of the Executive Council's decision-making process, the consultant who wrote the television licensing reports for the Broadcasting Authority broke her silence on the issue.

Jenny Ng Pui-ying, managing partner of Value Partners Asia, said officials had quoted their reports out of context to explain why Hong Kong Television Network did not get a licence.

"The way they used our reports … is a great insult for me and my company," she said on a Commercial Radio programme yesterday. She said she was shocked when the government announced that HKTV would not get a licence.

"I regretted very much that officials had made such a decision," Ng said.

She said her team was committed to conducting analysis on how competition would affect the free TV market, not which candidates the government should grant licences to. She stressed their team had never recommended only two applicants should get a licence.

She was also upset that the government had used "outdated reports" submitted in 2009 for its decision. Ng believed that HKTV should be granted a licence to provide more opportunities for creative talents, and that this would not cause any further pressure on the market.

Meanwhile, University of Hong Kong law professor Albert Chen Hung-yee said a judicial review of Exco's decision could not solve the TV licence row effectively because a court ruling could not guarantee HKTV would be issued a licence.

"According to case precedents, the result of the judicial review can only lead to the overthrow of the Executive Council's decision," Chen said on an RTHK programme.

Barrister Martin Lee Chu-ming said it was ludicrous for the government to ask people to lodge a judicial review against the licence decision if it deemed it was correct. "If the government says its decision is correct, why does it ask people to seek a judicial review [against the decision]? If the government thinks it is wrong, it should re-do it."

Additional reporting by Jeffie Lam

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Dao-Phooy
CY Leung is lurching from one self inflicted wound to another. Here is somebody who wanted the top job for the past 30 years and he simply lacks any leadership skills. He retained the old guard and apart from a couple of ministers who consistently perform up to expectation, the rest are simply dreadful - this is just so sad for our city.
rpasea
Was he good at estate surveying? I wonder given the illegal structures at his own home.
rpasea
If CY is the best HK can do in terms of a local leader, we are in for serous trouble.
hard times !
The consultant company used by the government in the past four years on the survey of local television market felt being insulted by the Leung administration as the latter made use of the context of their report made four years ago and not clearly reflected their views in the decision made by the Exco recently.It is a rare scene that a consultant company would air its dissatisfaction against the government as it symbolizes the stoppage of any services in the future !The fury of that consultant company can be understood.This C.Y.governing team is really a good-for-nothing ruling regime, I dare say !
shayliu
So CY Leung has ignored not only the public, but also the Broadcasting authority and the consultants for making the ridiculous decision not to grant HKTV a license.
chuchu59
CY should stick to what he does best ie estate surveying. This means he is only a one-trick pony and can possibly only handle housing issues. He cant administer a place like HK let alone govern it. I am sure Beijing is fed up with having to assist him time and again.
impala
[Support for the government dropped to 58.3 points out of 200.]

What a lovely creative way of putting it. It does sound better than stating what it means: the government's approval rating is now below 30%.

This government now has the support of less than 3 out of 10 people. And yet, the Chief Nitwit goes on with his 'no comment, all is good' media strategy, acting like all is fine and ExCo is doing a lovely job.

Apart from the sheer endless row of failures and scandals (Paul Chan's conflict of interest, HKMeX failure, Timothy Wong's corruption, the Chief Nitwit's own illegal structures and so on, and so on), and the utter incompetence of the government to get a single policy right (incinerator/landfills, finding land for 470,000 flats, national education, TV licenses, and so on, and so on again), the man is just completely incapable of communicating.

The Chief Nitwit's biggest accomplishment so far is to perfectly that one great benefit of having an elected leader is that he/she will be tested on communication skills during an election campaign, and thus you are much more likely to end up with a leader who can actually maintain a basic level of rapport with the public.
sammckhk
Actually we've all forgotten how bad Henry would have been. All the vested interest groups would be running riot getting everything they wanted. Remember Henry's statement " you could be the next Li Ka Shing " - as if, all the tycoons, developers and landlords stifle any new entrepreneurs unless they come from a rich family.
CY's problem is a poor team with people like that clown Paul Chan and Barry Cheung advising him.
chaz_hen
To be fair, the past ten years of Hu & Wen were all about a whole lot of nothing and that's what HK "leaders" had as an example.
Stephan
Every country gets the leader it deserves, either directly elected or 'appointed'....

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