Mar 11 2014
Source: The Standard
Hong Kong Television Network Limited (1137) announced that it decided to suspend the filming of new television program, after it received unfavorable reply from the authority.
The mobile television operator, which aims to start airing TV programs through mobile, received reply from the Office of the Communications Authority on the standard of mobile TV services, said the firm controlled by Ricky Wong Wai-kay in a statement filed to the stock exchange.
"OFCA is of the view that the Company's proposed transmissions standard would render its mobile television service immediately available for reception by an audience of more than 5,000 specified premises in Hong Kong, thereby requiring the Company to obtain a domestic free television program service license and/or a domestic pay television program service license before the commencement of its mobile television operations,'' HKTV said.
Therefore, it expects that "the originally scheduled launch date of its OTT and mobile television services around 1 July 2014 will be postponed."
Trading of shares of HKTV will resume tomorrow, after suspended since this morning.
Lawmakers have criticised as "opaque" and "unclear" the yardsticks set by the broadcasting watchdog for the renewal of ATV and TVB's broadcasting licences next year.
Members of the Legislative Council's panel on broadcasting urged the Communications Authority to instead set clear criteria - and to recommend the government refuse a new licence if either of the free-to-air stations fails to make the grade.
Both stations have attracted controversy. TVB has been accused of taking advantage of its dominant position in the market, while cash-strapped ATV has frequently fallen foul of the watchdog - often due to allegations of interference by its mainland investor, Wong Ching. Both - but especially ATV - have faced complaints of pro-Beijing bias.
The authority was seeking lawmakers' views on the licence renewal process, which is also subject to a two-month public consultation, ending on April 3.
Its chairman, Ambrose Ho Pui-him, told the panel it would take into account the track records of the licence holders, their financial strength and public opinion before making a recommendation to the chief executive.
"We shall assess the three factors individually and then come up with an overall assessment," Ho said.
But People Power lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, once an ATV presenter, said: "An overall assessment can be very subjective. We need a more transparent system."
League of Social Democrats chairman "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung said the watchdog should set clear criteria and make them public, so citizens could monitor its work.
"I daresay all the people of Hong Kong want ATV to fold," Leung said. "I wonder why the authority would still need to consider giving it a licence."
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Mar 11 2014
The famous Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan has jumped into the K-pop industry, presenting a five-member boy group named JJCC, or “Double JC,” to the local media yesterday. “JJCC has been born under the firm belief of Jackie that ‘Asia has to come together in order to rule the world’,” said the group’s agency, The Jackie Chan Group Korea. “All the preparations have been done, and we will try our best to make an impressive debut.”
JJCC consists of four Korean members and one Chinese member, all of whom are in their early 20s. Chan reportedly was actively involved in setting up and shaping the group, as well as training the guys and producing their debut album.
The five members of JJCC have apparently been training under Chan for years, and in that time have had several chances to take to the stage for domestic and international promotional performances.
The group is scheduled to make its official debut some time in March.
Mar 11 2014
Public broadcaster SBS announced that it will shut down the match-making reality show “Jjak,” (or “Couples”) two days after one of the contestants committed suicide while filming the show.
“We decided to cancel the program ‘Jjak,’ ” the station said in a press release on Friday, apologizing to viewers and vowing to try its best to prevent further similar incidents. The program was launched in March 2011.
The 29-year-old woman, surnamed Jeon, was found by her colleague early Wednesday in a bathroom hung from a shower head by a hair dryer cord with a note by her side saying, “I am sorry, mom and dad. There’s nothing more for me to say. It has been too painful and I don’t want to live anymore.”
Mar 11 2014
Actor Lee Min-ho of “The Heirs” (2013) is causing a craze in China, surpassing the 20-million mark on his official Weibo account, a Chinese micro-blogging site similar to Twitter.
“As of yesterday [Saturday] evening, the number of Lee’s Weibo followers went over 20 million,” Star House Entertainment, the 26-year-old actor’s agency, said yesterday, adding that it’s the first time that a Korean actor gained that many followers.
Weibo can be considered a barometer of celebrities’ popularity in China and even Chinese stars have a hard time attracting that many followers. Local Chinese media described Lee’s popularity as an “unprecedented syndrome” and a “mysterious phenomena.”
Lee’s career in China started with the KBS megahit drama “Boys Over Flowers” in 2009.
He then went on to star in SBS’s “City Hunter” (2011), “Faith” (2012) and finally “The Heirs,” from the same broadcaster, which generated an explosive response from local fans.
Mar 11 2014
Members of the Korean boy band SHINee talked about their world tour and other plans for 2014 at the Olympic Gymnastic Arena yesterday before they went onstage for a solo concert, “SHINee World in Seoul.”
“Finally, our world tour is about to kick off and we are visiting South America for the first time. I consider it as an opportunity to show the world what we have got,” said Min-ho, one of the members.
The five-member group, which debuted in 2008, will start its tour in Mexico, followed by Chile, Argentina, Taiwan, Shanghai and Jakarta.
“We decided that the keyword for our concert will be ‘popcorn,’ ” said the group’s leader, Jong-hyun. “It means that just like the popcorns pop, we will jump onstage, enjoying and singing along with the audience.”
Mar 11 2014
Cantopop star Aaron Kwok responded to rumours that he has been dating young models, after he was found to be following 18 of them on Instagram. These international models hail from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia and even America.
Rumour has it that his new hobby after his break-up with Hong Kong-based model Lynn Hung is to flirt with these models in secret. He was even said to have complimented some of them for their acting and singing talent, and even made filming visits. Some even said that he brought them home before.
Aaron finally made a response recently on Weibo: 'Things are made worse and worse. Everything is utterly ridiculous and absurd.'
His manager said: 'The world is chaotic enough, we should look at the positive side of things.'
Hong Kong actor Nicholas Tse recently travelled to France to film his new food variety show called 12 'Feng' Taste. During the recording, the 33-year-old attended a garden party held at one of Vicki Zhao's wineries.
From the photos, the dining table was decorated with fresh flowers and the company appeared to have enjoyed the wine tasting and delicious food.
Although fans were expecting a reunion between Nicholas and Chinese diva Faye Wong, who was also in Paris at that time, the actor reportedly turned down a dinner invitation with Vicki and his ex-lover, in consideration of the feelings of his former wife Cecilia Cheung.
Some netizens expressed their disappointment on social media, saying, 'It would be perfect if Faye was in the photo!'
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The film BEIJING LOVE STORY premiere took place yesterday. Lead actor and actress Tony Leung Ka Fai and Carina Lau Ka Ling attended. This film made over 400 million yuan RMB at the box office with its Mainland release. Lau Ka Ling said that the Hong Kong box office would not add to her pressure. She liked this film because it touched her. In the film she and Leung Ka Fai had many passionate scenes, which she joked were child's play.
Ka Ling has not seen Leung Ka Fai and her daughters' swimsuit photos online, but the father and daughter relationship was very intimate because the daughter was the father's love in previous life. When she and Tony Leung Chiu Wai went on vacation would they take swimsuit photos? Ka Ling said that she did not mind but Wai Jai did. They would take photos because mobile phones were convenient for pictures. Yet Wai Jai was responsible for taking photos. Was she afraid of losing her phone and leaking out her secrets? She said that they were only swimsuit photos, as long as they looked pretty she was fine. Wai Jai revealed that Wai ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Mar 11 2014
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The horror film SECOND COMING 3D (CHUNG SUN 3D) two nights ago held its premiere. Lead actress Maggie Siu Mei Kei was absent due to illness. Star Susan Shaw Yam Yam came with support from her mother, sister and daughter as well as friend Nora Miao (Miu Ho Sau); lead actor Kenny Wong Tak Bun and Don Li Yat Long also attended.
Li Yat Long recently has focused on his Mainland career but he decided to return to the Hong Kong music scene. He formed a record company and in the middle of the year he will release a record, for which he turned down many film offers. He hoped the record will profit, otherwise he will suffer losses. Thus he was at a point of no return.
Shaw Yam Yam worked on a 3D film for the first time and felt very excited. She believed that she was trying to adjust to the production environment like a new comer. Because a 3D film had to shoot the same scene many times, she did not dare to improvise as she was afraid that she would forget what she did. In the film she played someone who could see the dead. She not only saw ghosts but also had car chases, which was very exciting. Wong Tak Bun said that this film was a category III ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)