Sochi Games brings back memories, but let's move on

The Beijing Olympics made China more famous.

My first trip to the United States in early 2008 - with the Beijing Olympic Games just months away - gave me a street-level glimpse of China's rising profile on Wall Street as well as among ordinary Americans.

Monday, 10 February, 2014, 1:54pm

Hacked voicemails found in safe at Murdoch’s UK company, court told

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks. Phone: Reuters

Recordings of hacked voicemail messages from then British home secretary were found in the safe of the top lawyer at Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, the trial of two of his former editors over phone-hacking was told on Thursday.

8 Nov 2013 - 3:36pm

BRIC countries set for media boom

The PwC report predicts that about half of all mobile-internet users will come from BRIC countries by 2017. Photo: Reuters

Media and entertainment businesses in the biggest emerging markets will expand at more than three times the pace to be seen in developed countries in the next five years, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:46am

Next Media heats up newspaper competition

In Hong Kong, the market for Chinese-language newspapers has become even more competitive over the past few years. Photo: Sam Tsang

As the dust settled on the sale of Next Media's loss-making television business in Taiwan last month, its boss, Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, promised to focus on the print business, a move that looks set to intensify competition in the industry.

20 May 2013 - 8:24am

Al-Jazeera US channel faces resistance but could benefit journalistic brand

An Al-Jazeera English studio in Washington. Photo: AFP

Can Al-Jazeera win hearts and minds in America? The pan-Arab news giant is laying the groundwork for the launch of Al-Jazeera America after buying struggling US cable channel Current TV. It is likely to face an uphill battle for viewers but could solidify its journalistic brand, analysts say.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

China media baron Thomas Shao launches two cultural titles

Mainland media baron Thomas Shao is determined to raise the standards of cultural media in Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Shao is set to launch two international titles devoted to culture and arts in the city and says he believes culture is its future. Hong Kong's arts and culture scene has grown tremendously in the past five years with art fairs, auctions and the West Kowloon arts hub project, but Shao said the media was falling behind.

19 May 2013 - 7:42am

How to find bargain DVDs and CDs

CDs and DVDs are harder to find these days. Photo: Edward Wong

Streaming sites and Apple's iTunes store might slowly be killing off physical media, but there is still something about the real thing that cannot be beaten. HMV and other major stores charge high prices, so where can one get affordable DVDs, CDs and other media in Hong Kong?

22 Apr 2013 - 2:28am

Broadcasters carry stories of hope; social media helps relay messages

A mother with her new-born baby, who was delivered in an ambulance, in Yaan, Sichuan. Photo: Xinhua

Quake victims reached out yesterday via mainland media with tears, sorrow and even a few smiles with reports of selfless deeds, successful rescues and at least one birth.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

Gunmen torch office of Tamil newspaper in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Police officers inspect the burnt printing machines in the Uthayan. Photo: Reuters

Gunmen opened fire and torched the office of the main Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka yesterday, the latest in a string of attacks on the nation's privately owned media.

14 Apr 2013 - 7:25am

Bus drivers slam RTHK show for 'smearing' them

A government-produced television programme meant to promote equal opportunities has angered bus drivers who claim they were smeared in one of its episodes.

A group of bus unions under the Confederation of Trade Unions has criticised the programme - jointly produced by RTHK and the Equal Opportunities Commission - as misleading.

29 Mar 2013 - 4:03am

Lai vows to keep Taiwan print empire

A deal for Next Media's TV and print assets in Taiwan failed.

Hong Kong media magnate Jimmy Lai Chee-ying yesterday said he would continue to run his print empire in Taiwan now that a NT$17.5 billion (HK$4.55 billion) deal to sell Next Media's combined print and TV assets on the island has fallen through.

28 Mar 2013 - 4:46am

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

Up to the people of Hong Kong to defend press freedom, at RTHK and elsewhere

Forever Sze Wing-yuen

RTHK is caught in the midst of a political storm. The latest controversy involves claims by acting assistant director of TV and corporate business, Forever Sze Wing-yuen, that he would not be promoted to the job on a permanent basis because he refused to carry out "political missions" assigned by his boss.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

Glimmers of hope for troubled US newspapers: study

The US newspaper industry is half the size of its glory days but may reason for optimism for the first time in five years, according to a new study. Photo: AFP

The US newspaper industry is seeing some glimmers of hope after being battered for years, a prominent study concluded on Monday.

While the industry is about half the size it once was, there are some positive signs, including new revenue streams from digital paywalls and a general economic improvement which is aiding newspapers, the study found.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:16pm

Talking points

Egg McMuffins will be given away free to early birds up to 11am at about 230 McDonald's restaurants.

Egg McMuffins will be given away free to early birds up to 11am at about 230 McDonald's restaurants as part of the chain's National Breakfast Day regional initiative.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am