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Television in China

Sunglasses with which to seeand be seen

TVB actress-turned-singer Fala Chen Fa-la said owning a good pair of shades was as important as breathing, although she might have been exaggerating just a little.

Thursday, 4 October, 2012, 4:26am 1 comment

Miss Hong Kong beauties defend pageant organiser TVB

The new Miss Hong Kong and the runners-up in Sunday's contest have urged web users to lay off pageant organiser TVB, and dismissed calls for a rerun after the broadcaster's attempt to choose the beauty queen by an online poll descended into farce.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:57am

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

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

Miss Hong Kong votes debacle sparks calls for more free-to-air competition

The epic failure of TVB's first public vote for its Miss Hong Kong pageant has brought a call for speedier introduction of competitors into the free-to-air television market.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:14am

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

TVB turns up heat in row over Olympics

The row over broadcasting rights for the London Olympic Games among three local TV stations intensified last night after TVB said it was prepared to negotiate directly with the International Olympic Committee over the arrangement.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Olympic TV deal still up in the air

Discussion over free-to-air broadcasting of the Olympics is now almost back to the starting blocks, with ATV saying it has yet to reach an agreement with i-Cable on a plan to televise the Games on ATV World.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Games won't be shown on free TV

Hongkongers are unlikely to catch the London Olympic Games on free-to-air channels. Three television stations have failed to agree on broadcast arrangements.

People who do not subscribe to pay-TV provider i-Cable can watch the Games free of charge only online and on their smartphones.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Clock ticking on free Games broadcasts

The government will not speed up Cable TV's application for a free-to-air licence to enable it to broadcast the London Olympics.

This statement yesterday by Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung left concerns that only pay-TV subscribers would be able to watch the Games live.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

TVB enlists Nielsen to run ratings

TVB has hired the company behind America's famous Nielsen ratings to monitor viewing levels over the next five years.

And, for the first time, the research will also include those who watch on the internet.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

HK safe from politically correct TV

Television broadcasters have vowed not to spoil viewers' fun by reducing their light entertainment programmes, as their mainland counterparts have done.

TVB, Hong Kong's dominant terrestrial broadcaster, and rival station ATV said programming would not be influenced by Beijing's decision to cut back on popular entertainment shows.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Judge clears second pay cheque for TVB's Chan

TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan's celebrity status helped the District Court to clear him of charges yesterday that he had defrauded his employer.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

War of words over TV ratings could be heading to court

The ongoing ratings row between Hong Kong's two free-to-air television broadcasters looks to be heading for the courts.

Asia Television yesterday challenged the validity of TV ratings research commissioned by its rival Television Broadcasts and the Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies of Hong Kong (HK4As).

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Happy chappy

It's been a very lucky year for me. I starred in a popular TV drama and did a couple of commercial jobs. I think I've got a good chance of winning and I really hope I do. Of course, I'd still be happy if Wayne [Lai Yiu-cheung] won because he's always been my idol - though not as happy as if I won.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Acting the fool

The middle-aged Westerner more famous on the mainland than either Elvis Presley or Barack Obama seems a little lost when he arrives for a breakfast interview.

'Is this really Grandma's Kitchen?' Mark Rowswell says, entering the American-style Beijing diner. 'They've changed it.'

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am