Liza Wang, Lau Kong Speak Up Against TVB’s Harsh Working Conditions
Although TVB’s harsh working conditions, long work hours, and low pay is an unspoken understanding, things seemed to have gotten worse in recent years. The culture at TVB has driven away many talented artistes and also disheartened seasoned artistes Liza Wang (汪明荃) and Lau Kong (劉江), who spoke up against the station’s poor working conditions.
What better place was there to air any discontent than during the live broadcast of the 50th TVB Anniversary Awards? During the awards ceremony, Liza took the opportunity to voice her discontent on behalf of all her fellow coworkers. She candidly stated, “If the company can increase our salary just a little more, increase our rest time just a little more, care about the artistes just a little more, and decrease the habit of having cliques a little bit, then I’m sure we can retain more talent. Our morale would increase exponentially. We can proudly say that we came from TVB!” Her brazen speech was met with much applause from the attending TVB artistes.
Liza was not the only veteran actress to speak up. Lau Kong also voiced his support for what Liza said. The 74-year-old star of The Forgotten Valley <平安谷之詭谷傳說> has been filming television series at TVB for 36 years. On his thoughts about what Liza said about cliques and office politics at TVB. Lau Kong said, “What do I think? I can relate to it. I am supportive of everything she said. Actually, when it comes to cliques, I don’t really pay attention it. I just do my best, especially when it comes to my personal views. My view is, if you feel that you have a need for me, then you will come seek me out. It doesn’t matter to me. When it comes to increasing salary, it is the same for all of Hong Kong citizens. If you say you want us to stay with you during the difficult times, and we will stay with you during difficult times, then what about when the tide changes and you are doing well? That goes without saying!”
Other than clique favoritism and low pay, TVB also has a reputation of overworking their artistes. Many may film for more than two to three days with little or no sleep. Lau Kong said, “Actually, this is how television is. But I am very against it. Those of my generation have already suffered through this. With the younger generation now, I hope they won’t have to be like us back then. I hope for them to have a more normal and balanced life. Those with families should have family time. That is normal and balanced. I have always talked to the company and said the new generation should be more balanced. The company should seek improvement and move forward. It should change. It doesn’t make sense for them to suffer. Those of my generation already have.”
Liza’s husband, Law Kar Ying (罗家英) also voiced support for her speech. “I even think she wasn’t severe enough. Given the event, she should speak out more bravely! It’s live, so they can’t cut out what you say. She should said whatever she feels. She was too delicate with her words. She should’ve just said… this is where you guys went wrong! There are too many cliques. I am older now, so I can say that. Then, tell them that the artistes are valuable. Let them rest more and don’t work them to death. And don’t pay so little! When you pay less, people leave. Why not shift to Mainland China and try to make more money?”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.