New free-to-air TV licences will bring variety to viewing

Lawmakers Ann Chiang Lai-wan and Emily Lau Wai-hing appear on talk show. More channels can allow for better quality political debate. Photo: David Wong

Gone were those days when viewers in the Pearl River Delta defied officials by setting up special antennae to receive TV from this side of the border. Meanwhile, back in Hong Kong, during the past week or so, speculation spread that the Executive Council had finally come to a consensus about handing out new free-to-air TV licences. 

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 4:22am

Free World Cup broadcasts good news for soccer fans

TVB's general manager of broadcasting Cheong Shin-keong (right) announces '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' broadcasting rights in a press conference. Photo: Felix Wong

For the first time in 16 years, Hong Kong's soccer fans will be able to see the important games of the World Cup tournament free of charge. TVB's winning of the broadcasting rights and its decision to show 22 of the 64 games, the opener, both semi-finals and final among them, on its free-to-air channels, is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. Avid soccer fans would like to see each and every goal without having to pay, as they did in 1998. But the broadcaster claims it is financially constrained. Although not the perfect outcome, it is at least an improvement.

26 May 2013 - 4:35am

bbTV to suspend local news channel

Ricky Wong Wai-kay. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV) spokeswoman Jessie Cheng Ching-man said bbTV's contract with HKTV ends on August 31 and the pay-TV service would not be renewing it.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am

TVB Pearl blinks and misses climax to Rugby Sevens

Fiji celebrate their 26-19 win over Wales in a final played before a sell-out crowd at the stadium in Causeway Bay. Photo: K.Y.Cheng

In front of a raucous, capacity crowd in the cup final Fiji came from a 19-0 deficit against Wales at half-time to level the match at 19-19. With all left to play for and minutes left to go - local broadcasters cut to the news.


25 Mar 2013 - 8:58am 17 comments

CCTV airs video of live-fire helicopter drill in Hong Kong

People's Liberation Army. Photo: Nora Tam

China Central Television broadcasted for the first time footage of a live-fire military drill held last week by the Hong Kong garrison of the People's Liberation Army.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am 1 comment

The rough and tumble of going on air

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Roy Tang Yun-kwong, the RTHK chief at the centre of a politically charged row, could have seen it coming on his first day on the job. In September 2011, Tang, a veteran civil servant seen as a rising star among administrative officers, was greeted by a black carpet and protesters at the broadcaster's Kowloon Tong offices.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am

Handle broadcaster with care, RTHK's Tang is told

Voice of Loving Hong Kong protesters say Roy Tang wasn't interfering - he was just giving constructive advice to staff. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Exco convenor Lam Woon-kwong has weighed into the escalating row at RTHK, saying its broadcasting director Roy Tang Yun-kwong should exercise caution in his role as it is different from heading up other government departments.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:02am 2 comments

PCCW predicts rapid growth for Now TV after Premier League win

George Chan Ching-cheong, PCCW's group managing director

PCCW, which is controlled by the media and telecommunications mogul Richard Li Tzar-kai, reported yesterday a consolidated net profit for 2012 of HK$1.66 billion, up from HK$1.61 billion in 2011.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Briefs, February 24, 2013

Hasier Arraiz (front), the head of the new Basque party. Photo: AP

Six underground tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the US state of Washington are leaking radioactive waste, but there is no immediate risk to public health, Governor Jay Inslee said.

24 Feb 2013 - 6:25am

Reeva Steenkamp talks of 'good exit' in TV snippet

Reeva Steenkamp on the set of the reality show. Photo: AP

"Not just your journey in life but the way that you go out and make your exit is so important, you have either made an impact in a positive way or a negative way," Reeva Steenkamp said in a snippet of a celebrity reality TV show set to air later yesterday.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:35am

IOC has sold soul to the (TV) devil

IOC has sold soul to the (TV) devil

I love the game of golf and have little interest in wrestling. But we are talking Olympics in summer, not Augusta in April. In a somewhat bewildering move, the International Olympic Committee has decided wrestling was not sexy enough and bedevilled by weak TV ratings so it will be out come the 2020 Summer Games in order to allow other sports, like golf, into the fray.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:46am

Business Digest, February 7, 2013

Now TV signed its exclusive deal to broadcast English Premier League football matches in Hong Kong for three seasons.

Hong Kong and Shanghai-listed China Cosco Holdings could face a revolt by minority shareholders in China as it risks being delisted from the Shanghai stock exchange when it posts its third net loss in a row. 

7 May 2015 - 3:04pm

Tough-talking RTHK TV host silences propaganda fears

Erik Mak's aggressive technique has drawn criticism. Photo: Nora Tam

The weekly programme 'Face to Face' hit the city's free TV channels last month on the orders of RTHK's government-appointed Director of Broadcasting Roy Tang Yun-kwong - sparking speculation that it was intended to be used as a political tool. 

28 Jan 2013 - 5:41am

Non-manufacturing sector rises at fastest pace in four months in China

Non-manufacturing sector rises at fastest pace in four months in China

The mainland's non-manufacturing industries expanded last month at the fastest pace in four months, adding to the signs of economic recovery.

4 Jan 2013 - 2:48am

Bloomberg TV to step up 'big push' into Southeast Asia

Bloomberg Television, the 24-hour global network broadcasting division of financial information giant Bloomberg, plans to step up the establishment of new partnerships next year in Southeast Asia.

The company, which has its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong, recently launched Bloomberg TV Mongolia, a partnership with that country's Trade and Development Bank.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:31am