HKTV May Transition to TV Production Company

By on October 18, 2013 in Hot Gossip!, NEWS

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In a surprise move on October 15, the Hong Kong government announced that Ricky Wong’s (王維基) HKTV, which had invested more than $900 million HKD in television operations since its establishment in early 2012, was not approved for a free television broadcasting license. Its close rivals, Fantastic TV of i-Cable and HK Television Entertainment Company of PCCW however, were granted approval and their services will be able to operate in the television market as early as 2014.

Public outcry ensued after the government rejected HKTV’s license application. HKTV, which has invested in the production of over 10 television dramas since early 2012, once pledged to be TVB’s biggest rival in television entertainment. Their bold statements have accumulated many supporters who were against TVB’s monopoly to join their cause.

On October 16, a day after the announcement, Ricky Wong declared that 320 HKTV employees, mainly from the news and variety programming departments, will be laid off this month. Sources say that 25 employees from HKTV’s news department have already left. However, the 120 staff members of TVB origin, such as scriptwriters and producers, are currently not considered to be part of the layoff list.

Numerous Hong Kong artists have taken to their Weibo, Facebook, and Instagram pages to voice their support for HKTV. Over 470,000 people showed their support for station in a Facebook page entitled “Ten Thousands Unite! Approve HKTV’s [free TV] License!” and demanded the government to explain why HKTV’s bid was rejected. A protest will also be held on Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m., in which protesters will assemble at Hong Kong’s East Point Road and walk up to Hong Kong’s New Government Headquarters located in Central. The protest will be attended by numerous HKTV staff and artists.

In a forum with The Chinese University of Hong Kong held on October 17, Ricky Wong expressed his contradicting feelings toward HKTV’s license rejection. Though he felt “baffled and heavy” about the decision, he is grateful for the support that the HKTV staff and other supporters have shown him.

Once confident that HKTV’s license would be approved, Ricky Wong admitted that he never had a “Plan B” for the troubled station, but at yesterday’s forum with the Chinese University, Ricky stated that he will consider changing HKTV into a production company for television and film. He will also consider selling HKTV’s dramas and scripts to mainland China or other overseas distributors.

In regards to the shaky future of many HKTV staff members, PCCW’s Now TV, Hong Kong Entertainment Company’s sister station, stated that they will approach former HKTV employees and will amass a recruitment list.

Former TVB artist Frankie Lam (林文龍), who has filmed HKTV dramas Hidden Faces <三面形醫>, Web in the Sky <天網>, and Night Shift, expressed in a recent interview with Now TV that he will continue to collaborate with the station in the future and may attend Sunday’s protest. Al Wei (艾威), who has filmed HKTV dramas Once Upon a Song <童話戀曲201314>, Hakka Women <客家女人>, and Hidden Faces, admitted that TVB executives had approached him recently and will consider returning to TVB. “Where else?” he said.

Zac Kao (高皓正) gave a much more extreme response, exclaimed that he will only return TVB if he is in a desperate situation.

Sources: ihktv.com; On.cc; On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

92 comments to HKTV May Transition to TV Production Company

  1. Larry 3 says:

    No Plan B? finally admitted.

    Look, the company proposal was FARFETCHED! But still the government should have granted the license. I really don’t care if HKTV will be bankrupt in a year or so, let them have license and see if it works out. RTHK (HK government) already has a 24 hr tv channel, let HKTV have one.

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    • llwy12 replied:

      Actually, the government may be in trouble now….part of the 3rd party analysis report was just leaked out (this was the report that the Communications Authority went off of when recommending the 3 companies to the Executive Council for licenses and supposedly was the same report that the EC also took into consideration when making their decision). The report clearly indicates that HKTV’s proposal is strong and in several categories, actually edges out NowTV….if this is true (which it most likely is because the Communications Authority actually condemned the EC’s decision as well, citing this exact report as basis), then I’m sure all hell is going to break loose….

      I had actually read yesterday an article that said if Ricky Wong takes this issue to court, his chances of winning are very high (this was based on the opinion of a few high profile lawyers)….now I understand why….

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        But that analyst is just for one of the consultants. We are talking about the communist government here.

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      • loooooooooooooo replied:

        Ricky wong is an idiot, he is like selling liquor in the pub without obtaining hard liquor licence.stupid & high risk management. bad decision making .deserve his destiny. sacking 320 employees are just gimmicks

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      • loooooooooooooo replied:

        By the way, many hongkongers prefer pay tv at home

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    • llwy12 replied:

      @Larry 3: Ironically, the report from Spectrum Value Partners (the 3rd party company hired by the government to analyze the proposals from the 3 bidders) states that, in the “sustainability and efficiency” category, NowTV’s HKTVE was the company deemed as not being able to sustain in the long run (Ricky’s company was actually ranked 2nd in most of the categories).

      Here’s the quote from the report related to the above: “Increasing its programming efficiency would help enhance its chances of achieving operating breakeven, but the magnitude of increase needs to be quite extreme (from 0.75 to 1.08, which is TVB’s level), and even then, HKTVE (NowTV) is still not able to achieve sustainability in the five-licensee scenario.”

      Compare this to the analysis of Ricky Wong’s company (HKTV/CTI) in the same category: “However, by increasing it’s programming efficiency (from 0.60 to 0.85, equivalent to FT), CTI will be able to achieve operating profits in all the scenarios presented by the end of the projection period. Also, if the average viewership per CTI’S partnership channels increases from 0.15% to 0.26%, CTI will also reach operating breakeven in all of the scenarios tested.”

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      • Panzer replied:

        Wow. I hope you can keep us updated on that info. It’s very hard to find any English articles on the up-to-date news for HKTV outside of Jaynestars.
        This is really turning out to be VERY entertaining, and I hope that didn’t sound too callous. I do feel terrible for the staff that are now out of work because of a vision they believed in.
        It’s also a bit depressing that he had no plan B, but I wonder how much of that was because of people in power telling him he was a shoe-in for the license.
        Very shady stuff.
        At least he is trying to look out for and after the TVB peeps since he knows they won’t realistically be able to go back to their old jobs.

        I hope he does take it to court, it might not change the outcome but it will let us all see what’s going on. If it’s all proper, then we can move on, but if it’s not – then those who schemed need to be held accountable!

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      • llwy12 replied:

        @Panzer: I recommend reading the below article from SCMP…it will definitely give you more insight on why so many people are pissed off at the govt’s decision….and to me, this tells me that there is definitely something shady going on with this whole issue. The part that was an eye-opener for me was how little value the government places on the Communication Authority (it’s almost like the CA’s opinions don’t matter…)

        By the way, the report from Spectrum Value Partners is also referenced in the SCMP article (it’s the same report that TVB kept claiming “didn’t accurately assess market conditions”)….

        http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1334023/fear-failures-behind-exco-decision-add-only-two-free-tv-stations

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      • Panzer replied:

        Wow that link really says a lot. Super fishy stuff. I hope his judicial review goes through and we can find out what really happened. Otherwise this will just snowball and could create something very annoying for the government in the future.

        It awesome to see all the stars supporting him though. Even the laid off workers don’t regret what they did and that is the sign of a great leader with a good vision.
        I don’t agree with his lack of plan B though lol. That was horrible planning for such a supposedly intelligent guy.

        Seems like he can hopefully roll it into something that works out and would be the ultimate revenge if it ended up being better than the license. Being able to create a series that gets popular overseas despite being in a foreign language would be the ultimate insult to TVB and all the other stations.
        I can see TVB stealing some ideas off those shows like they do to all the other hit foreign shows lol.

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  2. asa says:

    wow, im truly impressed with the HK ppl. don’t let them decide for you what you and your families can watch, give the choices and power back to the ppl, improve your country because ur government are sitting ducks basking in elitism and making decisions to line their own pockets instead of anything else. they rejected your choice because it gave you power to decide, now corrupt government bigwigs are cooking in their own mess and shaken up by justice demanded by the mass.

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    • asa replied:

      Peter Lam Yuk-wah, vice-president of industry body the Hong Kong Televisioners Association, said the two new licences offered little promise of change, with the bidders likely to concentrate on making “simple” shows rather than ambitious dramas.

      “It is, in fact, going backwards,” Lam said. “The two existing players have been producing their own programmes. But they are rather simple and not particularly innovative.

      Nevertheless, a lack of established creative talent could result in the saturation of “lousy content”, veteran producer Robert Chua said.

      “Lousy content is easy to produce,” said Chua. “When there’s a lack of creative talent, TV stations would go for programmes that are easy to produce, like talk shows or reality show.”

      These lousy shows are exactly what the two new stations that are granted licenses will be producing. source: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1332598/free-air-tv-still-question-marks-over-whether-shows-will-improve

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  3. asa says:

    Looks like Executive council had stocks in TVB and didn’t want HKTV to be on the market, otherwise why choose the two least creative stations when there is a report thats hows the tv field is in DIRE need of innovative producing companies and talent to revive the deadening industry? They went for the ones that will produce inane mind-dumbing reality-show trash.

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  4. Joanne says:

    I feel bad for Zac Kao (高皓正). He got potential. ps. he looks Nicholas Tse

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  5. llwy12 says:

    This weekend is going to be a very interesting one actually. Of course, we all already know that HKTV will be staging its protest march on Sunday 10/20. Well, the HK Film Workers Guild just announced that they will be joining forces with all 10 of the HK entertainment industry’s main organizations (including the HK Performing Artistes Guild, Directors Guild, Screenwriters Association, etc.) to hold a press conference tomorrow (Saturday) where they will release an official statement in support of HKTV.

    I’m actually very very curious to see who will be present at the press conference, especially in relation to the HKPAG, as that’s the HK entertainment industry’s main labor association that involves all actors/actresses, singers, stage performers, etc. in HK (which of course, includes both TVB and ATV artists)…and the current President of the association is Eric Tsang (we all know what his “ties” are to TVB…).

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    • Meh replied:

      Hahahah it dosnt really matter if they have all those guilds or crap.atv got china government to back them up ,while tvb got the Hong Kong corrupted grovnment…

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      • asa replied:

        HKTV is what the working class wanted. These large conglomerate empires want to control what is shown and seen in HK to the benefit of their businesses, thats all it is with these other two stations and TVB, they keep media power within their own hands. Always remember corps would be nothing and will generate NOTHING without the working class. An upturn in decision is within the ppl’s power at any time, they just have to fight for their rights.

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      • kolo replied:

        luckily we have apple next media news at least haha.

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  6. I LOVE MUSTACHES says:

    HKTV blah blah blah blah. Sore losers!

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    • asa replied:

      they don’t look like they’re losing anymore especially when they have all of HK’s most important tv, guild, associations of creative talent organizations to support them, not to mention majority of public, its even more what government officials have for election LOL. they will challenge and overturn the decision because they probably have alot of reknown lawyers lining up for a chance at this case too. there is just so much in favor of HKTV.

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      • Raymond replied:

        LOL, you how old? You still couldnt see the big picture our of it. You think can easily distribute piggy meat to ohters? TVB adi in the industry for so many decades and BIG BOSS. You said they have all the support from others, what kind of others were that? All useless normal citizen? haha. Even is lyndia SUM is still alive today, she will definitely support TVB. And even Eric Tsang also will support TVB as well.

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  7. asa says:

    if there is no creativity, there is no life in their industry, therefore the ppl who care and are passionate about what they do will do everything they can to revive it and oppose their government for making such a bad decision.

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    • I LOVE MUSTACHES replied:

      U need to get a life then. Leaving tons of comments here won’t help ur loser HKTV. Hahaha TVB run this town b.

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  8. smurf120 says:

    If you are from USA – here is petition:

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/ensure-hk-media-licensing-process-follow-iccpr-order-protect-freedom-speech-opinion-and-expression/W47HY6sd

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    • Larry 3 replied:

      that wouldn’t help at all.

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  9. Bubblez says:

    Good luck with the online petitions. 😐
    There is no harm in letting HKTV have a license, but if they are going to run out of funds at the end, they will have to find an alternative solution as well. The only difference between the current situation and future situation (if given the license) is that they were given a chance in doing what they want to achieve, than not giving them any chances and refusing it promptly.

    But as a viewer from Canada, unless they plan to broadcast it somehow here, there will a really low chance of me seeing their “produced dramas”.

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    • mr.vui replied:

      thanks for sharing! (:

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  10. Meh says:

    Meh just face the facts they lost ,if the china government want you dead you are going to be dead …LoL going to the movie pathway lol how many people did ricky piss off ,

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    • asa replied:

      Li Ka Shing’s son Richard Li and the other guy who was granted the license(ex-candidate for executive chief officer) are your typical exploitive businessmen no different from TVB who underinvest and exploit HK labor, ppl, and economy and did nothing different or good for anybody else with their money. Ricky is nothing like them, that is why its sad when anyone even compare him to the likes, speaking before understanding anything he has done, the ppl who don’t support him are the least uninformed and doing HK the biggest disfavor.

      Ricky invested his money back to provide top notch skills and educational classes and schooling for his employees, trained HK youth and motivated them, he uplifted the creative industry with his presence even if he did not ultimately succeed with his station. Whether he was granted the license or not, he gave them what they would never receive anywhere else in HK paid by the employer. Never has TVB done anything like this for its employees. He was willing to share his wealth to make their industry better.

      What does it say to your society and youth growing up that a good man that tries to do everything right gets shot down, and your government awards more power to backhanded politics by slave stations, exploitive billionaires. This issue has always been more than just licenses. HK ppl cannot let a few in power decide everything for them, especially unethical ppl in charge.

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      • lololo replied:

        Lol, it dosnt matter if hktv is a good boss or not . The main thing is the china government .They wont give a crap if 1 milliom people protest or not .i agree with meh , business peoplemare are no different from thug ! Eg tvb , now tv , pccw are all in allience. In hong kong only the rich people can speak eg poor people have no justice and say ! eg only business people or importantpeople can vote in hong kong which is still rigged becuase china is the master and cy is their dog !!!! Protesting wont do jackcrap unless the whole hongkong poulation do it then! This is the facts

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      • Bubblez replied:

        Exactly. Well said, lololol! HKTV needs to convince Mainland China government not HK government. Merely, HK government is only a puppet to the Mainland government, saying yes to what Mainland China wants.

        And I feel that because Mainland China = communist and HK = used to be under Britsh control (democratic), these two views clashes, which leads to lots of conflicts. And it doesn’t help when most of hk government is supported by mainland China government..

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      • asa replied:

        Ricky Wong is not a political man. He doesn’t think it should be involved in television. He is very objective. He wasn’t going to serve as their dog but nor was he trying to get any political agendas across either. Its a rarity nowadays, everybody swings some party, but he doesn’t want any of that involved in his station.

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  11. snap says:

    SUPPORT HKTV

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  12. elisabella says:

    There are no more “freedom” for HK people; It is really sad.

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    • lololo replied:

      There wasnt any anyways .from the first place .the governemnt is control by china
      Cy is china dog anyways

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  13. jokes says:

    ricky wong has so much money

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    • asa replied:

      Richard Li and Wharf conglomerate has more. Its not money itself but what are they doing with it? How does the HK society, working class, and youth benefit? Who is really for them and who is really trying to keep ur kid in the working class, with no hopes and dreams, end up some slave to a station like TVB?

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      • jokes replied:

        being slaves doesnt sound good

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      • lololo replied:

        Lol you are just being bias ahahahah you never work in tvb and just reading article base on it !Hahahah no dream in tvb ? Hahhah it may be true tvb make work your arse off .However yet tvb still able to produce lot of famous people .without hardwork their will be no success .if every workplace have no discipline and not strict you will not improve and grow.for example fred who was a leaft actor without strugging ,,hardwork he couldnt have achieve the recognition and sucess . You can say it can argueable theirs only a few of this people. Working class in hongkong every business is cruel we just havnt seen the dark side of hktv !

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      • asa replied:

        Just read and follow the interviews of ppl who left TVB had to say, and those who never want to come back. Why do you hear about so much grievances if everything was fine and dandy? The bias one isn’t me. Never blindly support TVB when they have already changed for the worse, its spiraling down further when the HK public dont even support them anymore. Their bad deeds are no secret.

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  14. Krolxl says:

    So is there a chance for them to get a license?

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    • asa replied:

      I’ve never seen the HK ppl more united and adamant on something, they really are wide awake at what’s happening and very involved, across communication and ent sectors, who knows what will happen. Gov said they allegedly took “public opinion” well we can all see how thats a lie, and they’re gonna receive the brunt of it.

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      • asa replied:

        Here’s paralegal and scholarly support.

        http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1333922/secretive-u-turn-government-may-help-ricky-wongs-cause

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      • Mockinggenius replied:

        Do you speak for the 6 million plus HK people? You read and swallow every single argument Ricky Wong puts forward as to why he should be granted a licence. A senior government officer personally invited him to join the bid, why did he supplied concrete evidence now. He should have kept those 320 sacked employees if he’s so confident of winning the judicial review. Didn’t he say he has plenty of cash. Meaningful debates take 2 clever minds not blind followers.

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    • Larry 3 replied:

      no.

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  15. asa says:

    In a Yahoo Hong Kong online poll, 86 per cent of 80,000 respondents said the rejection of Wong’s application was unreasonable.

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  16. asa says:

    For those wondering why Ricky was so confident, well this is why: Wong has said he was invited by a senior government official in 2009 to bid for a licence and the government still had not explained why he lost.

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1334023/fear-failures-behind-exco-decision-add-only-two-free-tv-stations

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    • asa replied:

      Ricky has already filed for judicial review.

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    • asa replied:

      Lawyers said the judicial review could hold up the licensing process, as Wong stood a chance of winning.

      It is understood that of the applicants, HKTV was not seen as the weakest in reports commissioned by the then Broadcasting Authority (now the Communications Authority), which have not been fully made public.

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      • LeilaFan replied:

        Thank you asa for all your informative news regarding to HKTV.
        I agree fully 100% with everything you said and have read all your posts, definately help me more understand about this case.
        Rgarding to the HK government, I agree with you too.
        That is why now Hong Kong is only HALF Democracy. Ever since HK returned to the Red Communist China in 1997, now all their news have to be check through the China government.
        Pretty sure Ricky get rejected related to politics. Ricky should take this to court, hope he won. I am definately looking forward to all his dramas.

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  17. Mockinggenius says:

    Asa, my dear are you related to Mr Ricky Wong or a close confidante of his or a employee or a former employee etc etc etc? Wow if none of the above is correct and you should really apply for a PR job in his company. P.S your very biased view is quite an eye opener and you seem to have taken on the role of speaking up for everyone in HK.

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    • asa replied:

      wow you really are getting insecure about the support Ricky is getting across the board and HK. all you have to do is be an upright standing man that did his best, followers are the result of a person’s own ethics and philosophy in life.

      thousands of students came to the university to hear him speak because they also support him, does that provoke more fear that his good deed made him influential?

      oh im bias, and all the sources out there too right? Broadcasting Authority, the talent guilds, lawyers, scholars, public polls, HK ppl too? So we’re all are in a bunch conspiring right? He can have my time to support him anyday. I wouldnt work for his PR company, I would do it for free.

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      • Mockinggenius replied:

        Wow wow wow so now an opinion which doesn’t agree with the minority, majority (20,000 students) or whatever is unacceptable. That’s so rich haha

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      • asa replied:

        Lol is that all you say in your posts? You offer no valid argument as to why Ricky Wong and his station should not be supported? What is your concern here? Should change ur name to “mockingbird.”

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    • asa replied:

      Also, I didn’t speak up for majority of respondents, as they already did that with their poll and articles ran from each respective sector. Thanks for reading.

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  18. Mockinggenius says:

    Oops Asa, please if possible where does your much admired RW regularly takes his lunch or dinner? Any insider information is highly appreciated. I just want to tell him that he is so ….. Asa please call me at 852 12345678 many thanks

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    • asa replied:

      lol what put you in a tiff? its not a crime to be blind and deaf to a just cause, i don’t condemn you at all for it.

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      • Mockinggenius replied:

        Ai Yah I got wrong insider information that you own a cocker spaniel nicknamed RW and is constantly yapping up the wrong tree and causing a lot of nuisance. I just want to tell him that dog training is available and his owner should pay for it. Sorry that little doggie doesn’t belong to you.

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  19. sehseh says:

    He most probably will face problem in distributing majority of HKTV series overseas through local network.

    Granted, their series are more bold and contained scenes that is not suitable to be aired on free tv for conservative HK audience (with that said, the major rating contributors). Needless to say it’s also a no for Mainland China because of the strict censorship.

    That would leave US & Canada cable channels (with very limited market) and Southeast Asia (who are more interested to import Korean series with less censorship issues too).

    HKTV should seriously consider internet tv business model instead.

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    • sehseh replied:

      Ricky Wong target group are mostly not the ratings contributor, but younger demographics exposed/interested to overseas production and no longer impressed with TVB fanfare, usually accessing series through internet.

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      • asa replied:

        He made dramas that target not just young ppl but the older audience, like Hakka Women. Otherwise why did he recruit ppl like Felix Wong, Maggie Cheung, Dominique? He filmed a couple of young idol dramas that HK lacked but the police drama and many other genres were a mixture that considered the varying demographics.

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      • sehseh replied:

        He recruited ex-TVB actors because of their popularity among different demographics, but in the end the scripts of the drama is more important. No matter how famous you are, if your content cannot connect with the demographics, you still cannot bring in ratings and the advertising revenue that came with it.

        So, just go ahead and explore internet streaming and prove that HKTV production does indeed several notches higher than TVB as claimed (or rather bashed) – not just in terms of technological (high end latest camera etc) but also the creativity in writing. There’s nothing more to lose than to gain.

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  20. Anon says:

    ^ Mockinggenius, are you affiliated, a currently or a former employee of TVB? it’s not bias when his opinion is supported by facts. On the other hand, you’re just spewing crap out of your rear end.

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    • Mockinggenius replied:

      Can’t you accept an opinion or expression different from yours? That’s dictatorship and by the way there’s no need to be vulgar. Well each human carry a filth bag in his body and the rear end is very important so please don’t insult this part. Think of something better or your brain is so limited. Mu apologies to all rear ends for getting you involved la.

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      • asa replied:

        Who came in to insult posters with no cause or reasoning while everyone else is posting articles and discussing alternatives?

        Ricky Wong shook up the telecommunications industry when he came in and now we see him doing the same for the television industry. Thats why trolls and his competition do everything they can to hate him and squeeze him out. This has always been a rich man’s game to some of these station players, they saw their shares skyrocket after HKTV was rejected and their two stations got through. Just following the moneytrail mockingbird?

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  21. Krolxl says:

    I cant remember but I read somewhere that Ricky said there will be two types of ending to some shows. The bloody and gore will be upload to the internet and the censored will be on TV.

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  22. Anon says:

    If I were RW, I would put his money into a film production/IPTV company (similar to dramafever), and put it online for an ad-based/subscription-based model.

    If he has the cash to open a TV station, he surely can afford to go this route and people would actually pay on a subscription-base or watch ads. If HKTV can be a quarter of what Netflix is, it will be a huge success.

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    • Larry 3 replied:

      Most likely he will team up with someone i-Cable or nowTV. He is transitioning to a production company. I seriously doubt he will make money on the internet, very little margins with huge piracy issues.

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  23. based says:

    I just gotta say the fallout and speculation over what prompted the government’s decision might be more interesting to follow than most dramas this year.

    If Ricky wins his case, does the government have to grant HKTV a license or does the government just repeal their decision and review HKTV’s application again?

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  24. Mockinggenius says:

    Asa, according to your several posting every word from Ricky Wong is noble, every action he has undertaken so far is for the good of the HK normal people. Every production he has done can only improve the mentality, well being etc etc of all Hk normal people. According to your forecasts HK people will unite hand in hand to fight on his behalf. How hilarious! Do you know that during afternoon stock trading on 0ct 15 HKTV 1137 rose 30% because people thought he will get a license? Of course it went down just as quickly the next day. HK govt or those 2 who got the licenses manipulate the market? Please don’t insult the intelligence of HK people who invest or gamble in stocks.

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      Well, sounds like Ricky is HK’s new saviour, only if he is allowed to do so. Who knew that TV can save lives eh? I can see the halo above his head.

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  25. Mockinggenius says:

    So HK people who don’t like to see HKTV productions in the future under whatever format will be classified as ABNORMAL?

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    • GingerMessiah replied:

      People love to have something to complain about. They feel stronger when they are in the majority. Well for a change they are protesting about something they actually understand although it is still a little ludicrous. Free demonstrations for a money making enterprise…think people will protest about just anything these days and it is highly fashionable amongst the so called “liberal” Chinese these days.

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  26. Kidd says:

    Going against the china government is a very steep uphill battle. I don’t think the chinese government will change the decision just because people protest. It never work in Mainland China, why would it work now.

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  27. Raymond says:

    Damn Stupid. This is government decided not to grant the license then dont approve lar. Just follow what the government says! haha. Dont try to challenge TVB other sore losers!! You think want to challenge BIG BOSS so easily that in control from so many decade. Wan to get the license even before showing out results? HKTV prove to the world how capable and strong you can be before asking for license. Go somemore else and produce drama and so on first. AND TVB is not just Drama business alone. Dont think government simply grant you license to challenge and disturb TVB. moron ricky!

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  28. Ric says:

    The fact of the matter is people don’t care enough about HKTV. They can set up all the petitions and protest pages they want. I seriously doubt the turnout for the actual protest will be high. People have better things to do. In a few months no one is going to care.

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    • llwy12 replied:

      @Ric: Let’s see about that…the protest is going on right now (there are technically 2 marches going on — one by HKTV staff and the other by the general public). If you think the turnout won’t be high…well, turn on your television if you’re in HK (though of course, don’t turn it to TVB cuz they probably won’t even cover the protest…LOL) or go on Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, and see what kind of turnout they got….

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      • Raymond replied:

        Tell you something more funny. In malaysia there is BERSIH 3.0
        Google it if you duno what is that. No matter how you support HKTV, at the end you are still supporting a loser RICKY. That’s it. Just accept the fact. I will only caught media attention if at least 10% citizen of hong kong go for the protest. hahahaa

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      • Mockinggenius replied:

        Hello there. 20,000 plus another 5,000 for marginal error represent the views of HK 8 million population. Many of these are constant protestors I.e they jump on the wagon whenever there is a protest against government policies. By the way TVB news covered the protest, sport wrong assumption.

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      • Mockinggenius replied:

        Typo error: Your assumption that TVB news will not cover the protest is wrong, haha maybe you were wishing hard that they would’t so a protest can be launched next wee

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      • Raymond replied:

        @mocking. hehe, just 25000 so in total? Tell you must at least 10% of 8million citizen only can attract public attention! hehehe.
        So funny eh, those people will just join the wagon if there is protest? so free ah sunday? hahaha

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  29. Raymond says:

    You know how fun it is by reading back all the HKTV related articles here. And finally being a loser and not able to get the license to broadcast the drama. hahaha..WAKAKAKAKAAKA

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  30. lemongrass says:

    I want more HK drama! Not just those made by TVB which is failing to retain my attention. My time is better off doing other things.

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    • Raymond replied:

      Just off the dam LCD tv or plasma Tv will do. hehe. I still waiting for tml TVB drama Will Power. SO kan chiong. keke

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    • Larry 3 replied:

      read a book then

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  31. asa says:

    http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20131021/18472737

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  32. Sophia Lee says:

    I felt so sorry for HKTV for not awarded the free television broadcasting license.

    HKTV is a victim of deep politics in HK.

    In many countries where a single party rule for a long time, you get a self-serving bureaucracy. Look at Eygpt, Japan, Taiwan, and etc.

    However I wonder where are the guys who are protesting now on and off the street in HK, when the British rule HK and gave TVB the near monopoly (forget about ATV they are not a threat to TVB)

    Anson Chan were a British civil servant then and many others. Why not object then and complain about the present HK situation.

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    • Newton Law replied:

      Well said.

      Anything happen now in HK, blame it on Beijing.

      Did the HongKongers had democracy and freedom to vote during the British rule.

      Did they select their Governor or was he appointed by London?

      They seems to have a short memory.

      They allowed the British to lead them by their nose and now they are talking and fighting for civil liberties.

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      • Kidd replied:

        “They allowed the British to lead them by their nose and now they are talking and fighting for civil liberties.”

        This clearly shows which one is the better leader.

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