With low-ratings and significant stars leaving TVB in recent years, the station is struggling to preserve its golden reputation from the past. Attending an event in Singapore recently, TVB General Manager Eric Tsang (曾志偉) was questioned on the trend of artistes increasingly choosing to work elsewhere.
Last year, TVB announced it would no longer release full disclosure of weekly viewership ratings. As Hong Kong viewers now have a variety of online platforms to watch content, the station felt that its weekly ratings measurement did not accurately reflect the changing landscape.
Eric stated, “TVB holds 83 percent of viewers in Hong Kong, which makes it the most powerful platform. However, the younger generation now are not used to watching televisions anymore and prefer to view contents through their mobile phones instead. Although ratings can not be recorded precisely, I don’t think TVB has lost its audience.”
As for artistes leaving the company, Eric expressed, “It is an inevitable situation, but the company will continue to cultivate new talents. TVB is a place for creativity, and many famous superstars including Andy Lau (劉德華), Stephen Chow (周星馳), and Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) had all graduated from the training class. Aaron Kwok (郭富城) and Leon Lai (黎明) came from our music competitions and several top actresses are from Miss Hong Kong competitions. There will always be people to train and become great artistes.”
Despite being General Manager of TVB, Eric’s personal life is often controversial. Last October, he was seen kissing Malaysian model Lebara at her birthday party. As she seemed shocked and unwilling in the photos, many criticized Eric for his behavior. Commenting on the incident, Eric said, “I only kissed her face, but the [angle] of the video made it appear as if I had kissed her mouth. Do you think that posting a video taken from a [specific] angle made it really happen? I was only giving her a polite birthday kiss. Do you think this is news?” As a public figure, Eric felt there is an abundance of false news and believed it is sufficient as long as his family understands his character.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.