ATV will clarify who owns what share of the beleaguered free-to-air station to the Broadcasting Authority by the middle of the month as queries mount over the station's future. ATV said it received a letter from the authority last week inquiring about its shareholding structure. The station's special projects and public relations vice-president, Ip Ka-po, said the letter was a routine inquiry seeking clarification. ATV, which has not yet submitted any application for a change in shareholding structure, will respond by the middle of this month, he said. 'Perhaps [the Broadcasting Authority] only wanted to find out more about what has been happening with us, after all those media reports and rumours,' Ip said, referring to recent reports about Shenzhen property tycoon Wang Zheng vowing to transform ATV into Asia's CNN and bringing in major mainland corporations to sign strategic alliances with ATV. 'The transaction [of ATV shares to Wang] has yet to be completed as the recent court cases have put everything on hold.' Taiwanese snack tycoon Tsai Eng-meng recently filed a court injunction halting any share transaction between the Cha brothers and other parties. The authority declined to comment on the reports. A person familiar with the government's dealing with ATV said: 'They have been talking about it for a long time but nothing has happened. So the authority sent ATV a letter after the appointment of a new director, just to remind the station to keep the authority updated. Perhaps now everything is on hold because of the court cases, but the authority cannot sit there and do nothing.' Another person close to the government said the authority had a statutory duty to monitor free-to-air broadcasters. 'It's natural for the authority to express its concern about Wang's remarks,' the person said. Wang was expected to become one of ATV's dominant shareholders despite an injunction stopping Payson Cha Mou-sing and brother Johnson Cha Mou-daid from selling their stakes until a hearing on Thursday. The government also confirmed it received an application from PCCW for a terrestrial TV licence on March 31. The telecom operator had indicated its interest in such a licence.