The Plug is Pulled: ATV Comes to An End

ATV has finally pulled the plug on its broadcasting services. ATV’s eight channels, including its two analog channels, officially went off air once the clock hit midnight, April 2.

In the minutes leading up to midnight, ATV was broadcasting a rerun of a 2013 travelogue program hosted by former Miss Asia winners. As the clock struck the last minute of April 1, the program was cut off. After about five seconds of blue screen, the signal went static. RTHK took over ATV’s analogue channels at approximately 12 am, April 2.

Launched in May 1957 ATV, then known as RTV, was Hong Kong’s—and the world’s—first Cantonese television station. It became a free-to-air broadcaster in 1973 and was renamed to ATV in 1982. For two decades, ATV went to produce some of the world’s most popular and classic entertainment programs, but the constant change in ownership in the 1990s and 2000s led to its eventual downfall.

On April 1, the last day of ATV’s broadcasting service, everything went on as normal. Employees were urged to treat the day as a normal work day. News reporters left the studios early in the morning as originally scheduled.

According to ATV’s public affairs manager Jeff Wong (黃守東), approximately 160 employees were left in ATV since the broadcaster’s early March lay-off. Wong expressed that April 1 would be an unforgettable day for many employees.

Although ATV would no longer be on air, the company still remains. Wong said ATV is currently finding alternative ways to continue their operations, such as providing internet services. However, that decision would be up to the investors.

Many ATV viewers from Mainland China went to ATV’s headquarters in Tai Po to witness ATV’s final moments, taking pictures and passing out support badges. Wong said he is grateful for the fans support.

ATV’s Final Moment

Source: IHKTV

This article is written by Addy for

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  1. grew up watching ATV and TVB… sad to see one go but I guess it was time for them to be put to rest, the new ownership and management should be blame for this downfall.

    1. @vodka everything comes to an end so i wouldnt just put all blame on the new management. pretty much everything is bound to end. but yea, the new management was pretty bad that lead to a pretty foreseen downfall.

    2. @vodka
      Me too and I feel so sad… But ATV has not produced any series for many years. ATV had so many wonderful classics that will always be treasured. The new management truly are to blame. I will keep all of the memories in my heart and hope the new stations will be able to produce great classics just like ATV and Tvb used to back in the days. I am forever grateful to all of the fond memories that ATV has given me and my family throughout the years.

  2. End of an era.

    Interestingly, TVB had TONS of coverage on this yesterday, with lots of interviews with old ATV artists, old video clips, and news coverage. The overall tone didn’t seem to be gloating; rather, it praised ATV for being a trailblazer, and a worthy ‘competitor’ to TVB throughout the years. I guess, with the shutdown, TVB can afford to be magnanimous in this situation.

  3. Sad to see it go but the mainland investors basically stuffed up, along with the HK government.

    I will cherish the memories of the many classic dramas it made in it glory days.

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