Cash-strapped broadcaster ATV is in talks with six potential investors over the sale of a stake in the company, executive director Ip Ka-po said on Friday. Each potential investor had signed a confidentiality agreement and two of them had paid a HK$500,000 fee demanded by the station to examine its accounts, Ip told local radio. Buyers interested in acquiring 10.75 per cent of the free-to-air broadcaster have to submit their proposals by Monday. The beleaguered station has not yet paid December’s salary to its 700-plus employees. It earlier also failed to pay wages on time for November. Ip today said ATV’s majority shareholder, Wong Ben-koon, had offered to lend money to employees who might be having financial difficulties. Those who borrow from Wong will have to sign a statement that they will return the money immediately if they quit their jobs. The offer has been criticised by some staff as “cold hearted” and “unreasonable”. Ip said Wong acted on his goodwill and intended to help employees out. On December 23, a court assigned accounting firm Deloitte to sell the 10.75 per cent stake in order to break mainland businessman Wong Ching's control over the station. Wong Ching controls 52 per cent of ATV through his relative Wong Ben-koon. The rest is owned by Antenna, where brothers Payson Cha Mou-sing and Johnson Cha Mou-daid control 51 per cent of the voting shares and Taiwanese snack tycoon Tsai Eng-meng holds the rest. But ATV's prospects have never been dimmer. Tsai recently said only a fool would put money into a company that was on the verge of collapse. Entertainment tycoon Albert Yeung Sau-shing has admitted having considered a takeover, but ditched the plan nine months ago as "no one can do this job". Wong Ching has claimed ATV owes him HK$2 billion, and it was revealed in court that as of 2013, ATV had a deficit of over HK$1 billion.