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  • Dec 20, 2014
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Warning for TVB over talks with HKTV

TVB's lease agreement for the stations ends in July. Photo: Sam Tsang

TVB could be in breach of telecoms laws if it refuses to lease transmission stations to Hong Kong Television Network for its mobile TV broadcasts, the Communications Authority has warned.

Monday, 17 February, 2014, 8:22am

Consultant in TV licence row was right to quit

HKTV chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay. Photo: Felix Wong

It should come as no surprise that Jenny Ng Pui-ying, the consultant who said the government had misquoted her company's assessment of the TV market during the row over free-to-air licences last year, has finally done the honourable thing and quit her job.

11 Feb 2014 - 5:03pm 8 comments

Hong Kong's top ranking for economic freedom feels a good laugh

 Hong Kong is still the regional headquarters of many Fortune 500 firms, but the growth trend looks weak.

Did the Heritage Foundation ever send its experts into the streets of Hong Kong to meet ordinary people and ask them how free the city's economy has become in recent years?

20 Jan 2014 - 9:17am 3 comments

China Mobile launches investigation into HKTV deal

HKTV said its agreement with China Mobile Hong Kong Corporation had "concluded".

China Mobile has launched an investigation into its Hong Kong subsidiary's mobile television deal with Ricky Wong Wai-kay's Hong Kong Television Network, saying it might violate mainland rules.

6 Jan 2014 - 11:12am 8 comments

HKTV’s Ricky Wong wins big in annual Icon of the Year poll

(Left to right) Alliance for True Democracy's Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan, HKTV chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay and Fung Wai-tong,head of RTHK’s Radio 2. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong Television Network chief Ricky Wong Wai-kay has dominated RTHK's Icon of the Year poll, claiming three prizes as he continues his fight for a free-to-air television licence.

A total of 21,071 votes were cast online for eight categories in the annual survey organised by RTHK Radio 2 earlier this month.

30 Dec 2013 - 11:23pm 1 comment

Can politics be separated from TV station ownership?

Ricky Wong has internet plans

Business and politics are inevitably intertwined. But is this the case with Ricky Wong Wai-kei and his dramatic bid for a licence to fulfil his TV dream?

30 Dec 2013 - 6:37am 1 comment

Ricky Wong abandons free-TV dream for digital one with HKTV relaunch

Ricky Wong Wai-kay. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong Television Network chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay says the company will press ahead with its broadcasting plans, despite the rejection of its bid for a free-to-air licence, by launching TV services that can be viewed through the internet from July 1.

21 Dec 2013 - 7:31am 5 comments

What price freedom of expression?

Weighing freedom

Let's not misuse our right to freedom of expression to protest against or attack others purely for self-interest; we need to think of the people's interest first. Clearly, the dispute between TVB and Next Media is not about "freedom of the press" or "freedom of expression". It is merely a company's decision against an unfriendly rival that is threatening its business.

4 Dec 2013 - 5:15am 10 comments

Commerce minister Greg So hits back in row over TV licences

Louie King-bun, ATV's new executive director, said the station would focus on non-drama and current affairs shows. Photo: Nora Tam

The row over free-television licences continued yesterday as the commerce minister rejected a consultancy's allegations that the government misquoted its report to justify rejecting Hong Kong Television Network's (HKTV) application.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Greg So Kam-leung said the administration regretted the claims made by Value Partners two weeks ago.

3 Dec 2013 - 9:00am 5 comments

Due process flouted in TV licence saga

Due process flouted in TV licence saga

In his letter ("No need for HKTV to hire 500 staff before licences were awarded", November 14), Tony Harding writes that, "when HKTV applied for a licence it knew the process, and so did Legco".

22 Nov 2013 - 2:16am 1 comment

Exco must engage with public

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

When the controversy over Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV) not being granted a free-to-air TV licence started, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said secrecy in Executive Council policy decisions was part of Hong Kong's system of governance under the "one country, two systems" principle.

20 Nov 2013 - 3:21am

Former Executive Council members say advisory body is not a 'jury'

Executive Council member Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee. Photo: Bloomberg

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's claim that the Executive Council acted like a jury when it considered free-to-air television licence applications was a "stupid analogy", a former member of the government's top advisory body said.

19 Nov 2013 - 6:34am 1 comment

Consultancy says TV licence decision is unfair and it must speak up

Ricky Wong

The consultancy that wrote the report on free-to-air television licences said it did not mind burning its bridges with the government because the decision to reject Hong Kong Television Network's bid was unjust.

19 Nov 2013 - 6:35am 2 comments

HKTV doomed to fail from the start, ex-RTHK chief says

Former RTHK chief Cheung Man-yee. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

To a media veteran who led RTHK for 13 years, Ricky Wong Wai-kay's failure to get a free-television licence for his station came as no surprise. The outcome was obvious to former broadcasting director Cheung Man-yee back in 2010, after Wong applied for a licence.

16 Nov 2013 - 6:20am 4 comments

Voters annoyed at representatives not voting in TV licence issue

Lawmakers are voting for a motion to use the council's powers and privileges ordinance, forcing the government to disclose more information on the decision-making process on issuing the free-to-air TV licenses. Photo: Felix Wong

The performance of lawmakers during last week's vote on the television licence row has raised questions about how well functional constituency legislators represent their electors.

16 Nov 2013 - 6:25am

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