Next Media

Next Media was founded by high profile businessman Jimmy Lai, known for his support for democracy and criticism of China. It introduced tabloid-style journalism into Hong Kong and Taiwan, with the hugely successful Apple Daily. The group made a rare misstep by entering Taiwan’s saturated broadcasting market. In October 2012 it agreed to sell its loss-making Taiwan TV unit and to terminate its video-on-demand (VOD) services, but the deal fell through in March 2013.

BaWang’s Chen Qiyuan meets the media. Photo: Edward Wong

Mainland shampoo boss demands debate with Jimmy Lai on press freedom

A mainland herbal shampoo manufacturer is demanding a ­debate on press freedom with media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, one of whose magazines was fined HK$3 million last month for claiming the shampoo once ­advertised by actor Jackie Chan was carcinogenic.