Television Licence

New Hong Kong television licences must not be sold cheap

The current licences for ATV and TVB will expire in 2015.

The rags-to-riches media tycoon Roy Thomson famously described the ownership of an ITV franchise in Britain as a "licence to print money". I would say his joy at his profits was evidence that a Whitehall bureaucrat got it wrong and sold his country's patrimony cheap.


Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 6:26am 4 comments

City Telecom chief steps up pressure for new free-to-air television licence

City Telecom chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay (right) meets the media with Commercial Radio chief executive Stephen Chan Chi-wang yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

City Telecom (CTI) chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay will step up the pressure on the government to grant new free-to-air television licences after waiting more than 1,000 days and investing HK$300 million.

19 Oct 2012 - 3:34am 1 comment

Time wasted in race for Olympics

The uncertainty about whether everyone in Hong Kong will get to see the London Olympic Games has been resolved. Just 10 days before the opening ceremony, a deal was struck between the official broadcaster, iCable, and the two free-to-air television stations.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

ATV chief unfit to hold licence, says watchdog

The Communications Authority has found ATV's executive director unfit to hold a broadcast licence and proposed fining the station a record HK$1 million for his actions, according to a draft reported detailed yesterday in court filings.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

New cabinet could carry on with free-TV plans

There is no need to go back to the square one with plans for new free-TV licences if deliberations are not completed in the term of the present government, the commerce minister said yesterday.

Gregory So Kam-leung said the incoming cabinet of Leung Chun-ying could carry on the job with no requirement for new recommendations from the Communications Authority.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Last-minute deal for Olympics tobe shown free

Sports fans will be able to catch the Olympics on free-to-air television after a last-ditch deal between ATV and rights holder i-Cable.

But the agreement did little to ease the war of words between terrestrial and cable broadcasters, with TVB condemning i-Cable's behaviour as 'against the Olympic spirit'.

7 Jun 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

Free Games broadcasts still up in air

Hongkongers' chances of watching the London Olympic Games live look increasingly slim, as pay television operator Cable TV has yet to get approval for a free-to-air licence after a wait of more than two years.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Management firms back flat-owner levy

Property management companies have backed a government proposal to charge flat owners a levy to help regulate the industry but call for more measures to deal with thousands of old buildings without a manager.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Licensing of agents reaches all-time high

In a reflection of the strength of the property market, the Estate Agents Authority says the number of licensed property agents in Hong Kong has reached a record high of 31,586, up about 15 per cent from 28,000 two years ago. The authority is assessing whether there is a need to increase the licence fee.

25 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Disabled drivers demand more allowances

Disabled drivers are demanding the government give them more transport allowances, including free coupons for private tunnels and a higher monthly quota of tax-free fuel.

About 10 disabled drivers gathered at the MTR station in Kwai Hing before joining a car rally to the Central Government Offices, where they submitted a petition.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Culture trip to Singapore for home affairs minister

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Restaurants seek tax relief as costs go up

The catering industry wants tax and licence fee cuts to offset costs which have increased by 20 per cent in the past year.

Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades chairman Ken Chan Wing-on said the economy may be booming but operating costs of restaurants had gone up drastically.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Time for review of radio licensing laws

The refusal by a High Court judge to impose a fresh broadcasting ban on the activists behind Citizens' Radio is a victory both for freedom of speech and common sense. The injunction was not needed, and the grounds advanced by the government in support of it were highly questionable.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


What do you think of pay-TV services?

Rugby fans may have difficulty understanding Now TV's decision not to bid for the World Cup - rugby's biggest tournament, which occurs only once every four years - because it covers 'lots of rugby', and to concede exclusive coverage to i-Cable.

1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am