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TVB to pay HK$3m to charity as viewer benchmark reached

Actor Nat Chan Pak-cheung almost certain TVB will make donation to charity after anniversary gala viewing figures reach 30-point threshold

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 11:44am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 1:51pm

Flamboyant TVB artist Nat Chan Pak-cheung said he was “99 per cent certain” the television station, which has been dominant in the free-to-air television market for more than four decades, would have to donate HK$3 million to charities as its anniversary gala held on Tuesday night was very likely to hit the benchmark he set.

Speaking at Commercial Radio’s talk show On a Clear Sky, on Wednesday morning, Chan said the ratings for TVB’s anniversary gala held on Tuesday night were set to hit 30 points, a benchmark he set last week in an attempt to counter an anti-TVB “hegemony” campaign by playing the charity card .

Chan’s estimate proved correct. The show reached an average rating of 29 points, an equivalent to 1.856 million viewers, with a 95 per cent free-TV audience share. Ratings peaked at 31 points.

“It is a game,” said Chan referring to his earlier promise to crawl home on his knees if ratings for the gala achieved just three points that had triggered a campaign to boycott the gala. Chan later made the charity pledge.

“I never set a game in which I will lose,” he said in the programme hosted by former TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan, now the radio station’s chief executive.

The saga between Chan and disgruntled viewers came after the government rejected Hong Kong Television Network’s (HKTV) free licence bid.

Chan said he never opposed granting a licence to HKTV, but questioned why it was that TVB, the largest player, was being targeted by the boycott.

“My motive of the whole game is simple. I am an artist and TVB hires me. I am obliged to protect the company even at the expense of sacrificing myself,” he said.

About 100 protesters gathered outside the TVB studios in Tseung Kwan O as the show began at 8pm on Tuesday. They tossed fake “hell” money at the gates, while two scrolls proclaiming the station’s death hung from a crane.

The protest at TVB headquarters in Tseung Kwan O, initiated online, came alongside a Facebook campaign urging viewers at home to turn off the city’s dominant broadcaster and send ratings for its anniversary spectacular plummeting. That campaign prompted TVB to offer the HK$3 million donation to charity, with more to come if the show achieved more than 30 ratings points.

Campaigners have accused TVB of allowing the quality of its shows to slide as rival ATV struggles. Many were supporters of HKTV, the high-profile company led by telecoms businessman Ricky Wong Wai-kay, whose application for a free-to-air licence was controversially rejected last month.

Despite the protest and boycott, Tuesday night’s anniversary gala show reached an average rating of 29 points, an equivalent to 1.856 million viewers, with a 95 per cent free TV audience share. The show’s rating peaked at 31 points. It was five points down from last year’s 34 points.

TVB earlier pledged to donate the HK$3 million to seven charities if the peak rating reached 30, and an extra HK$100,000 for each extra rating point. TVB said it would donate HK$3.1 million to seven charities, including Caritas, which asked its staff to watch TVB last night in order to secure the donation.



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TVB is a garbage station and I would love to see them face stiff competition. Sorry but thanks to TVB, HK tv shows are a total joke. I'd rather watch western shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. The thing is I love HK movies, and I really would like to see the situation improve. Therefore I think TVB really needs a big black eye for being the sacks of s.hit that they are.
This is what no competition does to you, create rubbish shows with awful people and people will still watch it because there is nothing else on.
Thank goodness for HDMI cables, would rather stream documentaries than spend another moment watching such brainless programs.
Exactly. Thanks to the Internet, there are plenty of tv shows to watch. But HK still needs real HK dramas! The cookie cutter rubbish TVB produces just isn't acceptable. I'd rather watch Sailor Moon than any TVB drama. The former actually has some character development, despite being aimed for small children.
The quality of TV programming is at the point now where there's really not much difference between content produced by TVB or ATV. As Lewis Black would say, they're like pieces of ****. The only difference is the smell.
Shows on TVB Jade are just horrilbe. Always the same people, acting like Kindergarten kids, messing around with food, laughing about their own jokes, yelling and screaming!. Just awful. The presenter is always dressed like an IDIOT!!! Both TVB and ATV should disappear, forever!
Hurray, at least it shows that not all the HK people are brain washed by this propaganda of hatred directed towards TVB ever since HKTV license was rejected. We were told to believe in conspiracies of back door dealings between TVB and CY without an ounce of evidence because a group of protestors tell us so. HK society have come to a point where a successful business stands the risk of being pulled down by a follow the mob mentality I.e "I tell you XYZ company is bad so we must condemn them, that's because I tell you so". It's a sad scenario.


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