Broadcast Law

State media regulator suspends TV network after vulgar talk show

Gan Lulu performs at the Lady Gaga Nightclub in Shenzhen. Photo: Edward Wong

China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) took a Jiangsu television network off the air on Friday after a popular television game show violated broadcasting regulations and created "negative i

Friday, 30 November, 2012, 8:16pm

Stone Age broadcasting laws in a digital world

Greg So Kam-leung want us to think the granting of radio and television licences is purely a policy matter, not politics.

Officials like commerce chief Greg So Kam-leung want us to think the granting of radio and television licences is purely a policy matter, not politics. Rules and procedures are in place to ensure fairness and to serve the public interest. Who is he kidding?

15 Nov 2012 - 2:34am 2 comments

Ask public if they want more free TV, says station

A company bidding to run a new free-to-air television station has waded into a row over the future of the free television market by urging the government to launch a consultation on whether the public really wants more free channels.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

ATV's bid to stop new licences rejected

Asia Television's legal bid to stop the government granting three more free-to-air TV licences has hit a setback in the High Court.

Mr Justice Johnson Lam Man-hon, of the Court of First Instance, dismissed ATV's application for leave to seek a judicial review yesterday after a short hearing.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Above board

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's close ties with tycoons and the fact that he appears to have rented a luxury Shenzhen apartment from a mainland tycoon who is a shareholder of the Digital Broadcasting Corporation (DBC) has captured the media spotlight.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Property-sales levy to pay for watchdog

A levy on property sales will be introduced to support a future watchdog to regulate building management companies.

The government says the levy, to be set at not more than 0.01 per cent of the transaction value, will bring a steady source of income for the statutory body, which it first proposed in October last year.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Licensing of agents reaches all-time high

In a reflection of the strength of the property market, the Estate Agents Authority says the number of licensed property agents in Hong Kong has reached a record high of 31,586, up about 15 per cent from 28,000 two years ago. The authority is assessing whether there is a need to increase the licence fee.

25 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Cable TV wants free-to-air station

One of the leading pay television operators, Cable TV, says it wants to start a third free-to-air station, amid a stream of public criticism recently against the two current broadcasters.

29 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Shoeshiner prosecutions dropped

Environmental officials confirmed yesterday that prosecutions against four shoeshiners in Central have been dropped.

7 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Getting a radio licence in HK should be straightforward

First of all our government restricts a basic right to freely express opinions through broadcasting, then it restricts a constitutional right by not allowing a radio station to open. It does this in what is supposed to be an international city.

3 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Property complaints up 6pc

1 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

TVB confirms some staff will lose their jobs

29 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Commercial stations put heads together on digital audio future

The three commercial radio broadcasters in Hong Kong are exploring joint investment in the infrastructure for digital audio broadcasts in the city.

Also on the agenda as the three sit round the table, sources told Media Eye, was an attempt to present a common position on the future role of a public service broadcaster in Hong Kong.

17 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Record number of contenders forces rethink on TV debate

The record number of candidates contesting some geographical constituencies has posed a serious challenge to organisers of televised election debates.

Broadcasters say they will have to extend air time to accommodate more than a dozen candidates in some constituencies to comply with the equal-time-for-all rule.

14 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

First among equals

What if a turbaned Sikh contests September's Legislative Council election, which then prompts a television station to run a caricature of him as a doorman similar to the satirical cartoon of Barack Obama as a secret Muslim on the cover of the New Yorker magazine?

22 Jul 2008 - 12:00am