Source: SCMP
http://m.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1753798/decision-not-renew-atv-licence-wins-government-rare-praise

After months of apparent dithering, the government's announcement yesterday that it would not renew ATV's licence appears to have staved off a crisis and earned it much-needed points with the public.

The move was cheered by parties from across the political spectrum, in a rare show of all-round support for an administration that has laboured under repeated criticism for many of its policies.

But the feel-good factor over the ATV issue is not likely to translate to support for other measures, say analysts.

The government is in the midst of preparing its political reform proposals to be tabled before the Legislative Council by the summer.

Yesterday, hailing the ATV decision, Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, honorary chairwoman of the Liberal Party who worked in the television industry before entering politics, described the Executive Council's decision as fair and correct.

Even the Democrats, often fierce critics of government policy, said they agreed with the decision, with lawmaker Sin Chung-kai urging the government to invite companies to make a bid to take the free-to-air TV licence.

Broadcasting rights - and by implication the alleged political leanings of the stations - first became a political issue in 2013, when tens of thousands staged a week-long protest at government headquarters against its decision to deny an application by Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV) for a free-to-air licence.

The protesters asserted their "right to watch TV" and to have access to what they described as quality programmes that had been advertised by HTKV's maverick chief, Ricky Wong Wai-kay.

They voiced their unhappiness at the opaque decision-making of the government, which failed to offer a full explanation for why HKTV was rejected. The protesters also expressed anger over the quality of the shows produced by the existing free-TV channels, TVB and ATV, and alleged censorship in their news reports.

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Wednesday April 1, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

image.jpg image.jpg   Five days ago, Stephy Tang (鄧麗欣) attended the movie premiere, (燈塔下的戀人) in Macau. When talked about her good sister, Miki Yeung's (楊愛瑾) successful marriage proposal made by her boyfriend, Edwin (郭永淳), Stephy expressed that she will let her good friend to announce the good news personally. She felt happy for Miki and promised to be her 'sisters' or bride maid.

When asked about her marriage plan, Stephy replied no plans currently but might get married in overseas and to avoid same marriage date as well.

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: dramafan @ Asian E-News Portal
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Wednesday April 1, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

image.jpg image.jpg     Sexy female goddess, Eliza Sam (岑麗香) always had a good body figure and appeared alone at the Central in the evening, She was dressed with a loose top and jacket and carried many shopping bags while waiting for the cab. Eliza felt embarrassed upon realising many men were looking at her and she boarded the cab immediately.

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday April 1, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Five days ago, Priscilla Wong (黃翠如) and Raymond Wong (黃浩然) wore sportswear attire to attend a Rugby event. Priscilla Wong disclosed she was laughed by Raymond Wong as only knew playing with sand at the beach. Priscilla Wong accepted the interview and expressed that she loved swimming, and said: "I know breaststroke style, but my legs must be on the ground first in order to swim." Priscilla continued that she did not swim together with her boyfriend, Edwin Siu (蕭正楠).

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: Admin @ Asian E-News Portal
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Wednesday April 1, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Six days ago, Raymond Wong (黃浩然) attended an event. When mentioned about Priscilla Wong's (黃翠如) boyfriend, Edwin Siu (蕭正楠) and himself practicing boxing together recently and if they fought together before, Raymond Wong laughed and said: "We depend on our faces for a living and did not fight. We only fight with masters and sandbags."

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: Admin @ Asian E-News Portal
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In the Central: Catherine Chau happened to bump into Bobby Au's wife, Fu Kit Han

Wednesday April 1, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Artiste, Catherine Chau (周家怡) was having high tea with a female friend in the Central in the evening (28 March). She was dressed casually and kept talking to the opposite party on the phone. Finally, Catherine ended the phone conversation and chatted happily with her friend. Catherine requested for the bill after an hour and happened to bump in Bobby Au's (歐陽震華) wife, Fu Kit Han (傅潔嫻), when they were leaving. Catherine greeted her immediately and both waved hands at the reporters upon discovering their presence.

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
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Wednesday April 1, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg     Artiste, Fred Cheng (鄭俊弘) and Sisley Choi (蔡思貝) attended the promotion campaign for TVB programme related to vehicles in the Central and Fred was attracted to the motorcycle which was placed at the scene. Fred had a driving license and during the interview, he confessed he dared not bring any girls for cruising: "I did not drive but dare not change car as not safe. (Wanted to buy beautiful car?) I need to drive more often first. (Give ride to any girls before?) Nope as it is my responsibility accident happens. (Cruising around is romantic?) No longer romantic if accident happens."

Sisley expressed she harboured thoughts of obtaining motorcycle driving license but scared of being disfigured: "I thought of going for motorcycle driving license after completed filming the series, Speed of Life (當鐵馬遇上戰車) but received objections. It is struggling for me. (Afraid of being disfigured?) Yes. (Find someone to become your chauffeur?) The people surrounding me do not know how to drive." The reporters then made fun of her and Fred who had rumours with her before could become her chauffeur and Sisley replied: "He does not give people any rides."

When mentioned about Jinny Ng's (吳若希) mother was admitted into the hospital due to bike accident, Sisley hoped she will have a speedy recovery: "Auntie treated me to meal before and I am worried for her upon learning she is in hospital. (How is the situation?) Quite serious but she had reactions and could move her fingers."

Source: ON.CC (HK)
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Source: SCMP
http://m.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1753799/atv-sale-saga-whose-head-will-roll-over-false-report

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 April, 2015, 2:29am

UPDATED : Thursday, 02 April, 2015, 2:36am

After the uproar caused by the false report that major ATV investor Wong Ching would sell his controlling stake to Ricky Wong Wai-kay's HKTV, the question now is: who should be held responsible, and possibly prosecuted, for releasing the news?

Former commerce minister Frederick Ma Si-hang said yesterday that ATV could have breached laws by issuing inaccurate information.

Ma said he believed the Securities and Futures Commission, the market watchdog, would launch a probe as HKTV's shares appeared to have gone up after ATV's announcement.

"[ATV] made a unilateral announcement on an important transaction that was later denied by HKTV," he said. "This somehow showed the information was inaccurate. If the announcement affected the other company, I believe the SFC would probably launch a probe."

The report about the deal - made during ATV's Chinese-language newscast at 6pm on Tuesday - sent HKTV shares surging 75 cents, or 24.42 per cent, to a high of HK$3.82 at one stage yesterday, before closing up 28 cents, or 9.12 per cent, at HK$3.35.

Trading was unusually hectic, with 87 million shares changing hands, compared with the average turnover of 2.3 million shares a day in the past three months.

According to the report, Wong Ching and his relative Wong Ben-koon, who holds the 52.4 per cent stake on paper, had accepted an offer from Ricky Wong.

Neither HKTV nor Ricky Wong, who is understood to be out of town, responded to the report for almost 13 hours. At 6.57am yesterday, HKTV issued a statement via Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing saying it had not agreed to ATV's offer.

When asked if a probe would be launched, the SFC said it would not comment on individual cases.

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Source: SCMP
http://m.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1753424/troubled-broadcaster-atvs-future-line-exco-meets-discuss-licence

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his cabinet finally pulled the plug on struggling broadcaster ATV yesterday, deciding not to renew its free-to-air licence which expires in November.

On an April Fool's Day filled with real-life drama that created a bigger sensation than any programme the cash-strapped station has produced in recent years, the Executive Council spent four hours to decide that ATV did not deserve the lifeline it was desperately seeking.

Commerce and Economic Development Secretary Gregory So Kam-leung, the minister in charge of broadcasting, explained that ATV had been given ample time to submit a sustainable business plan to carry on, but had failed to deliver. And there was no potential buyer with a satisfactory financial proposal. "It's the first time in Hong Kong's history that the government has refused to renew a television licence," he said.

The station will be allowed to operate until April 1, 2016, as the government is required to give it a full year's notice. If ATV continues to breach broadcasting laws in the interim, its licence could be revoked altogether.

In a significant move, the government is formally giving a free-to-air licence to Hong Kong Television Entertainment (HKTVE), run by Richard Li Tzar-kai's PCCW, which already operates the subscription-based Now TV. HKTVE, whose licence was approved in principle in 2013, could begin operating a Chinese-language channel within a year, followed by an English channel a year later.

Yesterday's Executive Council decision followed a surprise announcement in the morning by Deloitte, the accounting firm tasked by the High Court to find a "white knight" to save the ATV.

Deloitte confirmed that the broadcaster's de facto boss, Wong Ching, had agreed to sell his 52.4 per cent controlling stake, officially held by his relative Wong Ben-koon, to an unnamed buyer, believed to be AID Partners ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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BREAKING NEWS: Exco turns down troubled broadcaster ATVs application to renew free-to-air licence

Source: SCMP

The Executive Council on Wednesday turned down cash-strapped broadcaster Asia Television's (ATV) application to renew its free-to-air licence.

The official announcement came when Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Greg So Kam-leung held a press conference at 6.30pm.

So said the government had given ATV ample time to submit its financial plan, upon a request made by the station, through accounting firm Deloitte. 

Since it is necessary for the purpose of legal procedural fairness, and to give the ATV reasonable time to submit a concrete restructuring programme [we] imposed a deadline of 31st of March 2015, for ATV to submit concrete implementation details, ATV, however, failed to do so by the deadline, he said.

Greg So also revealed that he received a letter from ATV at 12.08am on Wednesday, saying that there were a few individuals and parties interested in ATV's shares, but even in that letter, there was no mention that a deal would be signed.

So emphasised that the chief executive of the Executive Council made the decision based on all information available, but even the information made available to him this afternoon did not satisfy as a sufficient case [for] an extension of time.

So said ATV would be allowed to operate until April 1, 2016, and the government would set up a task force to deal with problems arising over the one-year transitional period.

But in a surprise twist the government said it would instead grant a 12-year free-to-air television license to PCCW-owned HK Television Entertainment Company Limited (HKTVE). 

HKTVE would invest HK$2.7 billion over ten years and set up a HK$300 million fund to buy entertainment programmes and documentaries, So said.

So said the percentage coverage of HKTVE would increase from 65 per cent in the first year, to 80 per cent six years later. 

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