New requirements imposed by the authorities on the two free-to-air television broadcasters have failed to address the problem of the lack of competition in the local free-to-air market, some legislators say. Doubts have also been cast on whether ATV can fulfil its investment pledge, given its unclear leadership and disputes among major shareholders. At yesterday's Legislative Council information technology and broadcasting panel meeting, lawmakers expressed disappointment with the Broadcasting Authority's mid-term review of local free television services. Legislator Ronny Tong Ka-wah of the Civic Party said: 'The review has not touched on the core issue of [TVB's] monopolistic control of the market. The authority should have taken advantage of the review to force TVB to improve.' Democratic Party legislator Lee Wing-tat said: 'TVB controls almost all the pop singers in Hong Kong by signing them up. Even Cable TV, which paid an astronomical sum to buy the broadcasting right to the World Cup, could not invite pop artists to appear on its shows.' Lee also doubted if ATV would have enough money to invest in programming. The troubled broadcaster suffered losses between 2004 and 2008 and is embroiled in a dispute between its major shareholders. The leadership of the station's management is also unclear.