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Free-to-air TV licences

TV licence to thrill: Ricky Wong's pledge for the future

City Telecom boss Ricky Wong Wai-kay in a studio at the company's offices in Kwai Chung. Wong says he will go to court if his company isn't granted a free-to-air TV licence by the end of the year. Photo: May Tse

Ricky Wong Wai-kay loves green. In his modest office in an industrial building in Kwai Chung, the City Telecom chairman has a selection of ties in various shades of green resting on a rack next to his chair.

Tuesday, 27 November, 2012, 10:24am

Letters to the Editor, June 2, 2013

Recycling industry needs to expand. Photo: Felix Wong

First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to the government for its courage and vision in finally coming up with plans to tackle waste. An aggressive target has been set - a 40 per cent reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfills by 2022.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:59am 3 comments

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

Lawmakers Ann Chiang Lai-wan and Emily Lau Wai-hing appear on OurTV.hk 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. 

27 May 2013 - 4:22am

Must the court step in? asks judge over TVB's judicial review plea

Photo: Nora Tam

A judge asked yesterday why he should accede to TVB's request to intervene in ongoing government deliberations on the issuance of new licences for free-television stations.

28 Mar 2013 - 10:01am 1 comment

Quality counts in free-TV licensing, TVB poll finds

Critics have nicknamed the station "CCTVB" for its government-friendly news, drawing a parallel with the mainland's nationwide broadcaster, CCTV. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hongkongers consider programme quality the most important factor in determining whether a broadcaster should get a free television licence from the government, a TVB-commissioned survey shows.

The survey also finds news and public affairs programmes are the most popular among audiences of free and paid television in the city.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:53am

Letters to the Editor, December 7, 2012

South Korean pop sensation Psy started a trend. Photo: AFP

Many Western countries face difficulties balancing their budgets. One of the biggest factors is the ever increasing cost of health care, with a greying population and the development of better but expensive medicines and treatments.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:24am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, December 3, 2012

Protesters at a "Protect Lung Mei" rally. Photo: Sam Tsang

Air quality objectives are outdated

The government should implement new air quality standards as soon as possible.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am

Letters to the Editor, November 29, 2012

Concrete poured in a Sai Kung stream. Photo: SCMP

I refer to the letter by Sai Pradhan ("Weak law on idling engine ban is proving impossible to enforce", November 26). I totally agree that the Statutory Ban Against Idling of Motor Vehicle Engines is a pitiful piece of legislation that has made a laughing stock of the transport and environmental protection departments.

29 Nov 2012 - 3:15am 1 comment

TV companies finally provide entertainment - but only off-air

A brain-rotting habit. Photo: Reuters

At last the TV stations TVB and ATV are producing live entertainment worthy of the name, but alas it is largely happening off-air. Their public spat with CTI chairman Ricky Wong over his plans to muscle in on the free-to-air TV market is frequently the stuff of farce. Take ATV's accusation that Wong walked off with its business plan when he was briefly CEO in 2008.

28 Nov 2012 - 2:34am 1 comment

City Telecom staff file lawsuits in 'secrets' row with ATV

City Telecom boss Ricky Wong (left) denies claims made against him by ATV chief James Shing (right) yesterday. Photos: David Wong

The row over free-to-air television licences heated up yesterday when City Telecom staff filed libel lawsuits against ATV after it publicly accused CTI chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay of obtaining confidential information from ATV.

The legal action was revealed after ATV held a press conference to make the allegation against Wong, who was ATV chief executive for 12 days in 2008.

27 Nov 2012 - 10:23am

TVB shelves HK$50m plan for international channel

Mark Lee Po-on, Executive Director and Group General Manager of TVB. Photo: May Tse

TVB has shelved a plan to launch an international English channel in the face of uncertainties in the free-television market, group general manager Mark Lee Po-on has revealed.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:22am 2 comments

TVB executive says no room for new players

TVB's Mark Lee Po-on insists ad revenue cannot support more players. Photo: May Tse

If the battle over new free-to-air television licences is as much about public opinion as it is about the government's long-delayed decision, then TVB executive director Mark Lee Po-on is coming out swinging.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:23am

Letters to the Editor, November 25, 2012

Construction work on the Xayaburi dam. Photo: EPA

Dam will not disrupt flow of Mekong

I refer to your editorial ("Laos risking decades of co-operation with Mekong dam project", November 17).

In pursuit of its poverty reduction policies and modernisation programmes, the Lao government is developing its hydropower potential for the benefit of its people.

25 Nov 2012 - 2:06am

Provisional licences could solve free-TV deadlock

Ricky Wong Wai-kay

Provisional free-to-air TV station licences could be a way to solve the current deadlock, applicants say.

It has been three years since City Telecom, i-Cable and PCCW lodged their applications for the TV licences, with no sign from the government indicating approval or not.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:20am

Zooming into the real issue in TV licence row

The truth is: Greg So is just buying time.

The current furore over granting new television licences serves as a good example of how we as a community are simply incapable of carrying out an informed debate on public policy.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:18am 1 comment

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