HKTV Stops Production, No More Dramas After September
Ricky Wong’s (王維基) upstart television station HKTV produced 17 dramas in two years, but despite their enthusiasm in television-making, the struggling TV station will have to halt its drama production. While the station premiered to 385,000 viewers per day back in November 2014, viewers have now dropped to about only 25,000 visitors per week, losing 95 percent of its audience in seven months.
Due to plunging viewership ratings, HKTV said it will stop producing new dramas. Currently, the station has five more in-house dramas left to air. The station will start airing overseas series after September.
A spokesperson confirmed yesterday, “We will temporarily stop production. Considering that each episode takes at least $1 million HKD to produce, the income coming from internet commercials are not enough. Since we don’t have enough [monetary] support, we rather not film anymore. We have to wait for the results of the judicial review before determining our new developments.”
Last year, HKTV filed a judicial review to the court, seeking permission to use its mobile TV service in the digital terrestrial multimedia broadcasting standard. HKTV is still awaiting the court’s decision.
Sunny Chan (陳錦鴻), who signed a two-year contract with HKTV, commented, “I do not feel sorry for Ricky Wong. I feel sorry for Hong Kong. The Hong Kong people are not farmers or fishermen. We get live in such a wealthy and populated environment, yet we still do not have the option to choose. This is what makes us feel so helpless.”
While attending an awards ceremony yesterday, Ricky Wong expressed that he “can’t do television anymore.” However, HKTV will continue its online shopping service.
Meanwhile, HKTV’s main competitors TVB and Now TV have announced that they will produce more co-productions with Mainland China. TVB announced its partnership with Alibaba Group and stated that it will start making more dramas with its Mainland audience in mind.
Remaining HKTV Dramas:
June 22 — July 17, 2015
The Wicked League <惡毒老人同盟>
Starring: John Chiang, Yuen Wah, Kwok Fung, Pak Piu, Peter Lai, Li Fung, Fung So Bo, May Tse
July 20 — 23, 2015
Starring: Sam Chan, Joman Chiang, Kwok Fung, Crystal Leung
July 24 — August 18, 2015
Hidden Faces <三面形醫>
Starring: Frankie Lam, John Chiang, Ai Wai, Kate Yeung, Sam Chan, Leanne Ho, Leslie Chiang, Rain Lau
August 19 — September 9, 2015
Paranormal Mind <開腦儆探>
Starring: Felix Wong, Sam Lee, Grace Huang, Kelvin Kwan, Adrian Wong, Anita Chan, Lo Hoi Pang, Kathy Yuen
September 10 — September 24, 2015
Night Shift <夜班>
Starring: Frankie Lam, Dominic Lam, Kathy Yuen, Kwok Fung, Sin Ho Ying, Philip Keung
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.