TVB Chairman Remains Skeptical About HKTV

By on February 8, 2014 in NEWS

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Although Hong Kong television station, HKTV, will start its Internet broadcasting on July 1, TVB seems to foresee no threat. At a Lunar New Year gathering, TVB’s Chairman, Norman Leung (梁乃鵬), expressed his confidence and pointed out doubts regarding HKTV’s productions and budget. On the other hand, he revealed TVB is making progress with new projects to engage viewers.

Over the past year, news of HKTV’s development circulated frequently. Despite the audience’s support and interest in the new company, Mr. Leung implied it may turn out to be a disappointment since all the noise have pushed expectations so high. He openly remarked, “[TVB] has been the home to decades of facilities and talented artists. [HKTV] made much loud noise this year. Let’s all wait and see what they actually have to offer.”

Mr. Leung also questioned the budget of HKTV’s productions. Earlier reports indicated they only had $2 billion HKD at hand, which is not enough according to Mr. Leung. TVB already possesses $3 billion HKD in bank funds alone. Mr. Leung said, “HKTV said they can build their filming studios with $800 million HKD; I can say that even $1.6 billion HKD is not enough for film set construction. What can $2 billion HKD do? That’s from an objective, analytically standpoint.”

Well aware that 2014 is not going to be a smooth-sailing year due to the two additional free television-broadcasting licenses the government has approved, Mr. Leung firmly believes TVB can overcome all. He stated TVB has the most overall experience, whereas HKTV is still facing some real issues with budgets and savings. In addition, Mr. Leung announced TVB is looking to hire 50 creative individuals to be in charge of their new J2 channel. GOTV is also well underway, reaching over ten thousand users within just a month of its launch.

Source: ihktv.com

This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.

40 comments to TVB Chairman Remains Skeptical About HKTV

  1. Wilson says:

    Totally support tvb. I am too is skeptical about so called hktv, it could be a huge disappointment. Too high of an expectation, can lead to a huge disappointment

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    • sorrow replied:

      agree, every time when i have high hopes, it always end up with disappointment…

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    • Bubblez replied:

      I agree.
      But no matter how successful HKTV may or may not be, it cannot replace TVB and their success in hk television industry or history of hong kong television..

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      • sandcherry replied:

        At least not in the next 10 years!

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      • Bubblez replied:

        It doesn’t matter how successful HKTV may or may not be in the future or next couple of years, it cannot replace TVB and their success in the history of hk television industry. It took TVB 40+ something years to get to where it is today and to have this huge momentum. It won’t replace that momentum TVB has and how much effort, work and time Sir Run Run has operated TVB from its start to now.

        It’s like figure skating. Although they have “retired”, no one can replace their spot within that sport. It is the same for TVB. Although HKTV is or not successful, the spot of TVB isn’t easily replaced.

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      • Jim replied:

        Agree with u! No other stations can ever replace Tvb. Tvb will always be number one

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  2. HeTieShou says:

    HKTV seems weaker than TVB because they are still new and have no license. TVB on the other hand has over 40+ years of experience and more money and resources as well. However, we all cannot deny that the quality of TVB productions has gone way Down. Therefore,you really wonder if TVB will still be able to maintain their status years down the road?

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    • rachel replied:

      i agree that TVB’s quality has gone down hill, but you can’t deny the fact that they are really powerful and have a lot of influence among many things….in both good ways and bad so i don’t think their status is going anywhere in the upcoming years….but ten, 20 years from now…who knows?

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    • Bubblez replied:

      TVB will lose their status if they do not step it up, but the momentum that TVB built throughout all these years won’t go away that easier. And even if HKTV is successful, it won’t can’t replace that momentum TVB has and how much effort, work and time Sir Run Run has operated TVB from its start to now.

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    • kolo replied:

      in terms of status indeed no one can surpase tvb,but the quality of their programmes is not,its not too late to wake up now,i hope they can bring back the quality of the drama as they used to in the ’80 and’90.

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      • Bubblez replied:

        Yes, HKTV may surpass TVB in quality, but on its overall reputation in hk’s history of television, it wont be easily replaced. It took TVB 40+ something years to get to where it is today and to have this huge momentum. Will HKTV have or achieve the SAME momentum as tvb within 10 years and replace tvb’s status? It’s unlikely.

        It’s like figure skating. Although they have “retired”, no one can replace their spot within that sport. It is the same for TVB. Although the current skaters (eg. Ashley Wagner, Mirai Nigasu) are good, they can’t replace the older figure skaters (eg. Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Joannie Rochette, etc.)… Although HKTV may or may not successful, the spot of TVB isn’t easily replaced. TVB’s legacy/influence will still remain…

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      • based replied:

        I’m sure TVB will be fine. Their problem is that they only cater to one audience and their productions are cheap, thoughtless and corny. TVB is a billion dollar corporation. If they wanted to produce productions with the same production values like HKTV does, it would be incredibly easy to do so. It’s just not cost effective because TVB is not in the business of making quality programming, they’re in the business of mass producing content cheaply and quickly.

        But I do hope they get their act together and produce quality programming because the dramas they’ve produced in the last couple of years have been horrible.

        I have some hope that HKTV will produce something good, and I hope HKTV will be a real alternative and that they won’t just copy what TVB is doing.

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    • KK replied:

      “Therefore,you really wonder if TVB will still be able to maintain their status years down the road?”

      I doubt that. Production budgets are likely much lesser than in the past. There are also not enough experienced scriptwriters. There are no new actors that can take on main lead.
      More countries will buy shows from Korea, decline in demand for shows from TVB.

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      • KK replied:

        I can watch the old shows many times and not watch the new ones one time. I believe I am not the only one.

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      • Tammy replied:

        I’m with you on this. I used to rewatch all of TVB series/dramas over and over due to many experience actors/actresses. The plot was so captivating. The good old days when TVB was my number 1. Now??? Forget it, i haven’t even watch one TVB drama since 2009. I’m sick of seeing the same boring actors/actresses. Lack the skills and looks. That’s why I turn to Kdrama 🙂

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    • Hang Quach replied:

      i totally agree with you that the quality of TVB broadcasting has been gone down for years because its had no real rival in HK. And HKTV, with efforts by Ricky Wong who would like to be the new boss of the industry will curtain apart of under the rule of TVB and force it has to improve programs to compete. And finally, audiences will be profited from their wars.

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  3. Mt says:

    TVB has a monopoly over HK broadcasting and people are applauding it, hence giving it complete authority over what citizens can and cannot view. You guys dig your own graves.

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    • rachel replied:

      i have noticed that one thing TVB has a monopoly over is their charity shows. they have one like every couple of months and i gotta say, they sure do a good job of raising awareness for various charities and donating to them. that i doubt any other television station will be able to raise as much or attract as much attention.

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        They been doing this for long time. At least they follow Sir Run Run Shaw philosophy of donated to causes

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  4. Jim says:

    People still haven’t watched so called hktv dramas yet, the quality and plot could be much worse than tvb(which I think it will).
    I agree that no station can replace TVB and their success in hk television industry

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  5. Uptown girl says:

    Well probably not right away. Tvb still dominates but the good actors already left so they don’t have many A level artists to cover those who left. Never know if a new station can beat them in the near future just like how bit coins started.

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  6. Sharine says:

    I think it would be best for HK entertainment if all the new stations can succeed and coexist with TVB. It doesn’t matter to me which station is on top. I care more about the quality of the content.

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    • KrolXl replied:

      I agree.

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  7. Funn Lim says:

    Young ones will embrace the internet medium but look at my mom; she doesn’t even know how to switch on the DVD player. Her sort will stick with the TV broadcast way.

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      I know what you mean. My mom knows how to turn on the DVD player and all. But she knows nothing about computers or computer related stuff. Therefore, she still sticks to her TV and DVDs.

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    • longhair replied:

      That comment just made me lol, and makes me think if we Asians have the same mums who are clueless about technology.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I heard one of my cousin’s mother in laws cannot even turn the TV on and off. I was a bit shocked because isn’t that even more simple than turning on the DVD player?

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      • KrolXl replied:

        Where i work at, all the HK ladies around 40-50? watch dramas on their ipad and mostly mainland dramas. haha

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      • MW replied:

        Yep, for some elderly ladies, even the remotes are too complicated. If they accidentally press some buttons that changes the channel or turns off the Cable box, no TV entertainment until someone can fix it for her.

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  8. StarReader says:

    Honestly, TVB dramas seem stale due to familiar and expected storylines. I have seen one of HKTV dramas and its not so bad. The filming is different and etc so its fresh although i’m not familiar with the casts. However, its hard for me to not watch TVB dramas. I grew up watching them so its like a part of my life at some point and also, im familiar with TVB artists more.

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  9. ghastly says:

    he must have done something again

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  10. TVBFanatic says:

    Without HKTV… without competition… TVB can continue to relax, take advantage of their employees, and put garbage on the air that HK audiences will have no choice but to slop up and “enjoy”

    The quality of TVB’s dramas is considerably lower than even just 10 years ago… here’s hoping that the competition will put them back on their toes and they start to work a bit again.

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    • kolo replied:

      i think its not that tvb dont want to give audience good drama’s, i think its a combination of factors like wrong management and the lack of creative talent plus no competition has make tvb dramas gone downhill.

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  11. Jim says:

    Again,People still haven’t watched so called hktv dramas yet, the quality and plot could be much worse than tvb, which I think it will be much worse and boring. Hktv has alot of time to film, because they are not in a hurry, where artists can relax and accepts jobs outside. If they did get their license, things will be very very different, work and time Will be very hectic, artists will have no time to rest, their scripts & production quality will dramatically decrease. It is no different to tvb if so called hktv get their license. If tvb has more time, I believe they could make a great result on their script and productions.

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  12. Larry 3 says:

    HKTV is still iffy. Always has.

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  13. Nick says:

    These people should keep the focus on how to make better shows for people instead of trying to put each other down. People want to see great shows, not battle to see who will be the last TV station standing.

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  14. Hannahh says:

    Support TVB!

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    • air replied:

      you mean you support wickedness, bribery and low wages?

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      • Sheldon replied:

        Hktv is always wicked(for stealing tvb artists and crews), giving false promises, using tvb to promote themselves, being a hypocrite, maybe even bribery for them. Support TVB FOREVER & EVER

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      • Sheldon replied:

        Support tvb 🙂

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