ATV - 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. 

TVB wins back right to broadcast Mark Six and horse racing - only on its digital channel

TVB wins back right to broadcast Mark Six and horse racing - only on its digital channel

Punters from as many as 480,000 households who do not own digital television sets may miss out on live broadcasts of Mark Six and horse racing after TVB took over ATV's exclusive rights and decided to air them only on its digital channel J2.

Tuesday, 14 July, 2015, 12:10pm 2 comments

Cash-strapped broadcaster ATV announces agreement with new investor

ATV executive director Ip Ka-po said an agreement was signed last night. Photo: Dickson Lee

Asia Television is expected to announce details of a deal with new investors who plan to inject fresh capital to keep the troubled broadcaster going and offer it a fighting chance to win back its lost free-to-air licence.

13 Jun 2015 - 2:55am 5 comments

TVB's interest in ATV spectrum raises alarm

Mark Lee said station needs more frequency. Photo: Nora Tam

Dominant local terrestrial station TVB said it was interested in seeking the broadcast spectrum soon to be vacated by cash-strapped broadcaster ATV, raising concerns about further concentration of its market power in the city's free TV sector.

21 May 2015 - 5:45am 3 comments

ATV sells classic programmes to Hollywood giant Fox

Joey Meng in ATV's signature drama I Have a Date with Spring

International film producer Fox has agreed to buy 28 vintage TV series from Asia Television for an unspecified amount, as the struggling free-to-air TV station desperately seeks cash to stay afloat.

8 May 2015 - 7:03pm 1 comment

Developer David Chiu, son of ATV's 'father', in bid to form new TV station

Developer David Chiu, son of ATV's 'father', in bid to form new TV station

The second son of late former ATV owner Deacon Chiu Te-ken is leading a consortium to apply for a domestic free-television licence.

22 Apr 2015 - 8:29pm

ATV 'willing' to negotiate with Ricky Wong over programme offer from HKTV

ATV executive director Ip Ka-po is willng to meet Ricky Wong to discuss a programme offer from HKTV. Photo: David Wong

Beleaguered broadcaster ATV says it is willing to hold talks with Hong Kong Television Network boss Ricky Wong Wai-kay over his proposal to air HKTV shows on the station.

The development came yesterday, ahead of a 5pm deadline for ATV to respond to the offer.

21 Apr 2015 - 4:34pm

Hong Kong broadcaster ATV in talks with another 'white knight' hoping to save station

Hong Kong broadcaster ATV in talks with another 'white knight' hoping to save station

Asia Television's days might be numbered, but that hasn't stopped another potential investor from expressing an interest in taking over the beleaguered broadcaster.

17 Apr 2015 - 9:38am

HKTV boss Ricky Wong’s offer to air shows on ATV ‘questionable’, says station’s top executive

Unconvinced: Ip Ka-po questioned if HKTV shows would attract enough advertising revenue. Photo: Bruce Yan

Hong Kong Television Network boss Ricky Wong Wai-kay’s offer to air his station’s shows on Asia Television was “questionable”, the beleaguered broadcaster’s executive director Ip Ka-po said.

16 Apr 2015 - 12:44pm 5 comments

Hong Kong 'white knight' hopes to save ATV through spectrum licence

Kelvin Wu's firm could yet rescue troubled ATV. Photo: Dickson Lee

There is a chance to resurrect Asia Television, says the businessman who still aspires to be the "white knight" of the ailing broadcaster, if the government allows the station to keep its spectrum for another three years.

15 Apr 2015 - 11:48am 3 comments

Hong Kong advertisers fear loss of competition with demise of ATV

An employee raises a flag bearing the ATV logo outside the Asia Television Building in Tai Po. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Advertising industry veterans in Hong Kong are urging the government to decide as soon as possible on the reallocation of the free-to-air spectrum to ensure fair and open competition in the television market.

15 Apr 2015 - 11:49am 1 comment

RTHK producers propose ‘mini newscasts’ for ATV channel takeover

Joseph Tse Chi-fung, an executive producer of RTHK and former ATV journalist, said RTHK should inherit the strongest legacy of ATV - the news. Photo: Dickson Lee

Producers at RTHK have drawn up a proposal to provide "mini newscasts" as a contingency measure when ATV stops broadcasting.

15 Apr 2015 - 11:50am 1 comment

Ailing broadcaster ATV hit with HK$690,000 fine for failing to pay staff

ATV executive director Ip Ka-po (left) arrives at Sha Tin Court. He has pleaded not guilty to 102 summonses over the late payment of wages and is set to face trial in June. Photo: Felix Wong

Ailing broadcaster Asia Television should be closed if it does not have sufficient funds to pay wages, a magistrate told an ATV senior executive before imposing a hefty fine of HK$690,000.

15 Apr 2015 - 11:48am 1 comment

ATV not dead yet, as private equity firm says it could revive deal

ATV executive director Ip Ka-po said in a letter to staff that three potential investors had approached it recently. Photo: Dickson Lee

The final nail has not yet been hammered into ATV's coffin, with a deal to acquire the beleaguered television station still possible despite the imminent loss of its free-to-air licence.

15 Apr 2015 - 12:05pm 1 comment

RTHK union slams government's 'hasty' decision to move ATV services to public broadcaster

The government intends RTHK to run the channels ATV must give up when its licence comes to an end in about a year, until analogue television in the city becomes history by 2020. Photo: Sam Tsang

The RTHK staff union last night lambasted the commerce minister's decision to have the public broadcaster take over ATV's television channels.

That decision was made in haste, the union said in a meeting called to discuss the new role of providing analogue television services that had been thrust upon their organisation.

15 Apr 2015 - 1:06pm

Don't give ATV's slice of spectrum to RTHK, analysts advise

Don't give ATV's slice of spectrum to RTHK, analysts advise

The government should not have asked RTHK to take over ATV’s analogue spectrum once the TV station closes because the businesses are different in nature, a panel of analysts said.

15 Apr 2015 - 1:48pm