Business and politics are inevitably intertwined. But is this the case with Ricky Wong Wai-kei and his dramatic bid for a licence to fulfil his TV dream?

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Technology and media entrepreneur Ricky Wong Wai-kay yesterday dropped a strong hint that he voted for Leung Chun-ying when he served on the Election Committee that chose the chief executive in 2012. 

TVB could be in breach of telecoms laws if it refuses to lease transmission stations to Hong Kong Television Network for its mobile TV broadcasts, the Communications Authority has warned.

It should come as no surprise that Jenny Ng Pui-ying, the consultant who said the government had misquoted her company's assessment of the TV market during the row over free-to-air licences last year, has finally done the honourable thing and quit her job.

China Mobile has launched an investigation into its Hong Kong subsidiary's mobile television deal with Ricky Wong Wai-kay's Hong Kong Television Network, saying it might violate mainland rules.

Hong Kong Television Network chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay says the company will press ahead with its broadcasting plans, despite the rejection of its bid for a free-to-air licence, by launching TV services that can be viewed through the internet from July 1.


Let's not misuse our right to freedom of expression to protest against or attack others purely for self-interest; we need to think of the people's interest first. Clearly, the dispute between TVB and Next Media is not about "freedom of the press" or "freedom of expression". It is merely a company's decision against an unfriendly rival that is threatening its business.

In his letter ("No need for HKTV to hire 500 staff before licences were awarded", November 14), Tony Harding writes that, "when HKTV applied for a licence it knew the process, and so did Legco".

When the controversy over Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV) not being granted a free-to-air TV licence started, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said secrecy in Executive Council policy decisions was part of Hong Kong's system of governance under the "one country, two systems" principle.

The consultancy that wrote the report on free-to-air television licences said it did not mind burning its bridges with the government because the decision to reject Hong Kong Television Network's bid was unjust.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's claim that the Executive Council acted like a jury when it considered free-to-air television licence applications was a "stupid analogy", a former member of the government's top advisory body said.

Moderate pan-democrats have issued a joint letter to the head of the central government's liaison office protesting against its alleged intervention in Hong Kong affairs, in particular over the television licence saga.

To a media veteran who led RTHK for 13 years, Ricky Wong Wai-kay's failure to get a free-television licence for his station came as no surprise. The outcome was obvious to former broadcasting director Cheung Man-yee back in 2010, after Wong applied for a licence.