Hong Kong Media

Hong Kong ranks 72nd in US report on press freedom

Mak Yin-ting, Chairperson of The Hong Kong Journalists Association. Photo: Edward Wong

Growing government restrictions on journalists' access to information have contributed to the decline of Hong Kong's free press, says a United States report on press freedom.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 5:40am 1 comment

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

Media star in their own soap opera

Reporters for NEXT Media's Apple Daily newspaper place a caricature of Hong Kong media mogul and owner of NEXT Media Jimmy Lai , outside NEXT Media's Taiwan headquarters in Taipei. Photo: EPA

It's rarely a good sign when the media become the headlines. Yet some of the more entertaining stories in recent days have to do with local news outlets.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:21am

ATV makes a song and dance about licences

Major ATV shareholder Wang Zheng and the gang get in the groove during the televised rally staged to fight new free-to-air licences. Photo: Felix Wong

ATV rallied its staff outside the Admiralty government headquarters yesterday for a live broadcast to oppose a “disastrous” pledge by the former administration to issue new licences for free television broadcasting.

ATV staff were reportedly forced to join the protest, for which the station deployed its own security guards to keep order at the government offices.

12 Nov 2012 - 2:07pm 4 comments

Homebuyers not protected from potentially biased information

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

For homebuyers, no news could indeed be good news. In August, the city's housing market was thrown into a frenzy as the media went to town over "the most expensive apartment in Asia" - a 6,200 sq ft apartment on the eighth floor of Opus Hong Kong in Mid-Levels that was reportedly sold for HK$470 million, or HK$75,800 per sq ft.

29 Oct 2012 - 6:37am

In-your-face publisher Jimmy Lai still has a place in democrats' hearts

Jimmy Lai, chairman of Next Media, said farewell to staffs in Taiwan. Photo: SCMP

Local media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying's decision to sell Next Media's print and television operations in Taiwan to Jeffrey Koo Jnr for NT$17.5 billion (HK$4.6 billion) marks the company's exit from the Taiwanese market to focus on its Hong Kong operations. The move has inevitably aroused a great deal of public interest as to what Lai is going to do next.

26 Oct 2012 - 2:14am 1 comment

Government should investigate DBC Radio saga

Albert Cheng King-hon appears in Digital Broadcasting Corporation in Cyberport after the radio station ceased operation last week. Photo: Sam Tsang

DBC Radio's special week-long broadcast, initiated by its former hosts and staff after its official closure last week, might come to an end sooner than expected following an application to the High Court by some shareholders to put the company into liquidation.

8 May 2015 - 9:30am 2 comments

TV media should be ashamed of ferry disaster reporting

TV and camera crews arrive at the scene of the rescue.  Photo: AP

What is the point of sticking the camera in the faces of a couple who had just been rescued? of asking the couple whether their children knew how to swim?

9 Oct 2012 - 10:17am 18 comments

Chinese stars make-up with Japan at Ipsa launch

Lelia Chow and stylist Alvin Goh

As the debate rages over the East China Sea islands, Twins popstar Charlene Choi Cheuk-yin and former actress Michelle Reis have cancelled Japan-related jobs, but in the beauty world it is business as usual.

TVB actress Leanne Li Ya-nan was a guest of honour as Japanese beauty brand Ipsa launched its premium anti-ageing products on Tuesday.

21 Sep 2012 - 3:32am

TVB tries to atone for voting fiasco by giving away two Minis

TVB executive Mark Lee speaks to the media yesterday about the Miss Hong Kong pageant. Photo: Sam Tsang

TVB will add another car to a prize draw to try to make up for the online voting debacle during its Miss Hong Kong pageant on Sunday, when the station's server crashed because too many viewers tried to pick the winner.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:19am

TVB blames hackers for Miss HK pageant voting chaos

TVB blames hackers for Miss HK pageant voting chaos

Hackers have been blamed for the debacle that saw the first public vote for the winner of the Miss Hong Kong pageant scrapped.

The collapse of the online voting system left Hongkongers furious and was a humiliation for broadcaster TVB, which had marketed the show heavily as a historic event and the city's first taste of "universal suffrage".

29 Aug 2012 - 3:51pm

City news in brief, August 13, 2012

City news in brief, August 13, 2012

15 HK activists head for Diaoyu Islands

13 Aug 2012 - 8:52am

No regrets but I feel heat, says minister

Food and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man (pictured) said he was shocked by former development chief Mak Chai-kwong's alleged abuse of a civil service rent subsidy in the 1980s and Mak's subsequent resignation.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Treatment of Leung and his ministers evokes memories of Cultural Revolution

Almost every day you read a newspaper article criticising the government even though it only took office at the beginning of the month.

It is the same on the airwaves, with talk-show hosts on Commercial Radio and RTHK keen to spend a lot of time criticising Chief Executive Leung Chung-ying and his ministers.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am