On January 25, an anonymous insider sounded the alarm on the escalating censorship imposed by Hong Kong’s Radio and Television Department as it moved to ban several singers and bands from broadcast. The names on the list include Anthony Wong (黃耀明), Denise Ho (何韻詩), RubberBand, C AllStar, Tat Ming Pair (達明一派), Dear Jane, Charmaine Fong (方皓玟), Serrini, Kay Tse (謝安琪), and Alfred Hui (許廷鏗).
A senior executive reportedly issued the banned list, and required all songs and guests originating from Hong Kong and Taiwan be screened prior to being broadcasted. The new policy is believed to affect program scheduling as guest lists remain pending in the approval process for weeks.
An anonymous DJ revealed that he received the new policy early this year and voiced out his frustration, “It definitely affected the programming. A popular singer may have a classic song that may be suited for the program. Even if it has nothing to do with politics, it may not be played on the radio.”
As accusations over the censorship policy mount, Radio Television Hong Kong issued their own response, “We have alway supported the development of local pop music. Program hosts are free to use their professional judgement to select suitable songs for their programs.”
However, when the media contacted Rubberband for comment regarding the alleged censorship, the music band skirted the question. Instead, Rubberband revealed that they are concentrating on creating their own music and preparing for their concert.
Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.