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Asia Television Limited

Asia Television Limited is one of the two free television broadcasters in Hong Kong. It was established in 1957, the first Chinese television station in the world. However, ATV was surpassed by its major rival Television Broadcasts Limited both in terms of company size and viewership. ATV’s reputation was badly damaged after its false report of former leader Jiang Zemin’s death on July 6, 2011. 

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On ATV protesting over new free-to-air licences:

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 3:15am

Protecting free-to-air TV not the answer

ATV rallied its staff outside the Admiralty government headquarters yesterday for a live broadcast to oppose a "disastrous" pledge by the former administration to issue new licences for television broadcasting.

SCMP, Nov 12

13 Nov 2012 - 5:03am 1 comment

ATV makes a song and dance about licences

ATV rallied its staff outside the Admiralty government headquarters yesterday for a live broadcast to oppose a “disastrous” pledge by the former administration to issue new licences for free television broadcasting.

ATV staff were reportedly forced to join the protest, for which the station deployed its own security guards to keep order at the government offices.

12 Nov 2012 - 2:07pm 4 comments

City Telecom delays schedule for TV launch until mid-2013

City Telecom has set back its target launch date for its free-to-air television station to the middle of next year, saying it is confident it will win a licence despite years of waiting.

13 Sep 2012 - 3:52am 1 comment

10,000 complain over ATV programme calling Scholarism a 'pawn'

An ATV news commentary attracted a record high of more than 10,000 complaints for claiming opponents of national education were manipulated by "destructive" politicians who had the backing of London and Washington in the Legco elections.

5 Sep 2012 - 1:27pm

City Digest

ATV legal bid to gag report on management

31 Aug 2012 - 3:19am

Miss Hong Kong votes debacle sparks calls for more free-to-air competition

The epic failure of TVB's first public vote for its Miss Hong Kong pageant has brought a call for speedier introduction of competitors into the free-to-air television market.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:14am

Joint bids the future, TVB says

Hong Kong's broadcasters can no longer afford to bid for major international events, and it is in their and the city's best interest to make joint bids, a senior TVB executive says.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


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19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Legal drama behind late deal for free Olympic TV

Broadcaster iCable last night withdrew a breach-of-contract lawsuit it had filed against rivals ATV and TVB just hours before a governmentbrokered deal to ensure free coverage of the Olympics was struck.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Deal for Olympic coverage clears the final hurdle

Hongkongers will be able to watch the London Olympics for free after a last-ditch agreement was reached between rights holder iCable and free-to-air broadcasters ATV and TVB, with the help of government mediation.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

TVB starts direct talks with Olympic bosses

Olympic broadcast rights holder iCable faces being shut out of a deal to bring 200 hours of footage of the London Games on free-to-air television, after TVB started direct negotiations with the International Olympic Committee.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

iCable Games TV deal impossible

A deal struck between ATV and TVB a decade ago will make it impossible for either station to enter into a bilateral agreement now with iCable over London Olympics coverage, it emerged yesterday.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Tycoon 'may be behind' breach of ATV share deal

There was a 'good arguable case' that a mainland tycoon who bought into ATV induced the station's former owner and his brother to breach a deal they had agreed with Taiwanese billionaire Tsai Eng-meng, a High Court judge said yesterday.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Free-TV Olympics coverage certain, says sports chief

Hongkongers will definitely get to watch free-to-air live coverage of the London Olympic Games, despite the wrangling among local broadcasters, the city's sports chief pledged yesterday.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am