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  • Sep 22, 2014
  • Updated: 3:12am


Exco must engage with public

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.

Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 3:21am

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

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

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

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

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

Pan-democrats slam liaison office for intervention in free-to-air TV licence saga

Moderate pan-democrats have issued a joint letter to the head of the central government's liaison office protesting against its alleged intervention in Hong Kong affairs, in particular over the television licence saga.

16 Nov 2013 - 6:20am

Leung Chun-ying says public need time to understand HKTV decision

Leung Chun-ying yesterday sought to downplay the impact on his governance of the massive protests over television licensing and his administration's resulting plunge in popularity.

16 Nov 2013 - 6:20am 9 comments

Pro-Beijing Ng critical of Exco convener’s HKTV remarks

A pro-Beijing political figure on Thursday criticised Executive Council convener Lam Woon-kwong for “saying a little too much” about the television licence saga.

Ng Hon-mun, a former deputy to the National People’s Congress, said Lam, as convener of the chief executive’s top advisory body, should follow the government’s mind.

14 Nov 2013 - 6:02pm 1 comment

Low bar for new TV stations will mean poor programmes

The Communications Authority was wrong to recommend awarding three new free-to-air television licences; the government was right to reject such advice. While it is good to have more choice, what good is it when that means choosing between "bad" and "worse" programmes?

14 Nov 2013 - 2:43am 3 comments

We need better local TV, to give our children a sense of belonging

Last Wednesday, I went to the HKTV protest. I did not go out of concerns over the erosion of Hong Kong's free market or the government's lack of transparency - both very valid reasons. Instead, I went for my children.

13 Nov 2013 - 3:45am 2 comments