Struggling with declining viewership in Hong Kong in recent years, TVB management has undergone frequent changes. Hoping to introduce more creative variety shows and attract viewers, the station appointed Eric Tsang (曾志偉) as the new Deputy General Manager and special advisor to the administrative committee. As Eric is tasked with a difficult job, former TVB General Manager Stephen Chan (陳志雲) comments on the new changes and the challenges ahead.
In 2018, it was rumored that TVB blacklisted Eric after he spoke up about the company’s poor management decisions on the Miss Hong Kong Pageant and his conflicts with executive Sandy Yu (余詠珊). Entrusted by TVB Chairman Thomas Hui (許濤), Eric was asked to return to the station oversee the production of variety show programs and mentor the new generation of artistes.
Former TVB executive Stephen Chan, who left after a long trial over corruption charges and political factions within the station arose, shared his views on Eric’s new role. “I am not questioning whether Eric has the ability to do the job well, but friends who are familiar with him know that he is elusive, so it is difficult to catch him and make him settle. However, his return to TVB definitely will not be a bad thing. At the very least, he will be able to reunite and inspire old colleagues in the variety show category,” Stephen expressed in a video on his own YouTube channel.
Recalling a conversation he had with Eric in the past, Stephen had asked why he did not return to TVB earlier. “At the time, Eric responded, ‘The TVB now is not the station I knew from before.’ I believe that Eric’s decision to return this time is because there is a certain confidence that he will have the power to make changes, and bring the old TVB back for viewers.”
Asked if Eric’s departure in 2018 was due to TVB CEO Mark Lee (李寶安) and how they will both work together again, Stephen dismissed them as just rumors.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.