SCMP Editorial:  Turn off ATV and turn on HKTV

 

Source:  SCMP

 

This opinion piece was written by Alex Lo at SCMP.

 

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Asia Television does not deserve to live. It's been airing re-runs; its news service staff are badly demoralised and many have left; it has had troubles paying employees and licence fees; and an unnamed white knight has baulked at the absurd HK$700 million price tag major shareholder Wong Ching is demanding.

 

Any regulators in their right mind would have let it die a richly deserved death long ago. Yet, the Executive Council is still struggling to come up with the semblance of an excuse to renew its licence. Frankly, it's just too bizarre.

 

If it's because of ATV's pro-Beijing stance, I suggest officials change existing broadcasting ownership laws so China's CCTV can take over. The state-owned station may be a mouthpiece for Beijing, but at least it has the resources to produce some decent news documentaries and historical soap operas.

 

In two rounds of licensing decisions, local regulators made complete fools of themselves. First, they allowed a financially and intellectually bankrupt TV station to continue. Then they granted new licences to two subsidiaries of i-Cable Communications and PCCW without ascertaining when they would start to provide free-to-air services. So far, both have little or nothing to show for it.

 

Meanwhile, the one station, Hong Kong Television Network, that actually committed investment, hired hundreds of people - subsequently forced into redundancies - and produced actual new programmes was rejected. HKTV had even promised not to provide any news service that might be politically sensitive.

 

The sorry excuse officials gave for rejecting HKTV was that it could not demonstrate financial stability and that it did not have the experience of i-Cable and PCCW. Well, financially, see where ATV is now. And in terms of ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Find out why Joyce Tang's legs were injured

Friday March 27, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Other than filming series, artiste, Joyce Tang (滕麗名) will accompany her husband, Zhu Jiankun (朱建昆) for activities such as playing golf, water skiing and others. Recently, she uploaded photo of herself and her husband skiing together but shortly after, Joyce shared another photo of her injured legs.

After returning to Hong Kong, Joyce replied through message that her legs became swollen and it could be due to skiing frequently. She said: "I underwent a surgery few days ago but discharged now. Thank you for your concern."

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

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Friday March 27, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Six days ago, Kay Tse (謝安琪) attended an event and expressed that she was busy filming series, Blue Veins (殭) and at midnight everyday. When talked about Kay Tse's sexy performance in the series, Blue Veins, promotion trailer, she said: "I am not sexy, Grace Chan (陳凱琳) is the sexy actress and all sexy scenes are given to her. She is a belle and easygoing person. It is better to leave to young people and less sexy for me is all right."

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: Admin @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Friday March 27, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Raymond Lam (林峯) attended the press conference of the concert which will be conducting today. The concert comprised of Korea group, INFINTE and Japanese group, SEKAI NO OWARI. When asked if he was afraid of snatching away his limelight, Raymond said: "Nope I will not lose." He disclosed he will be singing songs: "I feel nervous and will be singing both fast and slow songs. I rehearsed many times and will be dancing together with 8 male dancers."

When asked if his girlfriend, Karena Ng (吳千語) will be coming to show her support, Raymond said: "Nope as she is working. (Giving you support at the backstage?) Mentally support will do." Asked if Karena visited him during rehearsal, Raymond said: "Nope. (Afraid of distraction?) I need to have full concentration as the dance movements is not easy. I have been practising for few months."

When mentioned that ATV might closed down end month, Raymond replied: "Is it true?" The programmed will be broadcast by ATV, Raymond said: "Fortunately, I visited ATV once if the new is indeed true. (Feel it is a pity?) Yes as it is one of the longest television company in Hong Kong. They are pitiful and hope the employees will get their salaries soon. (Consider to render financial assistance?) Not my turn yet and better not."

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

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Friday March 27, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Five days ago, Jeannie Chan (陳瀅) attended an event and expressed that a few days ago, she was filming the new series, Blue Veins (殭). In one of the scenes, she hit Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), and said: "Very scared, because I dare not hit him. I practice with another guy and hit the correct position. Kevin saw it and said: (You should hit me like the way you hit him.) But I replied: (No way as I could not bear to hit you.)"

When mentioned about her good friend, Grace Chan (陳凱琳) revealed her back in the series, Jeannie Chan expressed that it was acceptable and should be beautiful.

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: Admin @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Friday March 27, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Six days ago, Real Ting (丁子高) participated in Charity hiking competition and expressed that his wife, Miriam Yeung (楊千嬅) was busy promoting her movie and did not join in. Real Ting expressed that his son, Torres had running talent, but will allow him to participate in the running competition when he grew up. Real Ting said: "My son is watching television and saw Aaron Kwok (郭富城) dancing. He will be happy if they can dance together as he has dancing talent. He also sings Miriam Yeung's song."

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: Admin @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Friday March 27, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Two days ago, artiste, Myolie Wu (胡杏兒) attended an event related to fashion and played games with cartoon character and two child models. They also baked cookies together and she seemed to adjust well as a ready wife.

When asked if she cooked together with her boyfriend, Myolie replied with smiles that they used to bake cookies and cakes together but she preferred to cook alone: "Less pressure for me and I prefer to be in control. (Boyfriend praised your cooking?) Yes but not sure if he is speaking the truth but I trust him. (Your best dish?) No idea but I have been cooking clay pot rice. (Ready to become his wife?) Woman should know how to cook as it is a virtue."

Needed to find out more details

When asked about Tracy Chu (朱千雪) replaced her as the female lead in TVB new series, Overtime Mission (EU超時任務), Myolie replied she had no idea. When the reporters asked if she consulted the company, Myolie thought about it before responding: "The company needs to promote newcomers but I will find out more details. Anyway, the role is not finalised yet and hope she will act happily."

When mentioned she was criticised about being cruel to chimpanzee when helping it to wear clothes during the Mainland China programme, Wonderful Friends (奇妙的朋友) earlier, Myolie explained the expert and doctor were at the scene and helping it to wear clothes was to preserve its warmth: "There will be people who show support or reject it. But we did not cause any injury to the animal." She added that she was bitten by chimpanzee but fortunately, she had the vaccination beforehand and it was minor injury which did not cause any phobia to her.

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Source: Wacow @ Blog163 
Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net 



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Show will still go on at Hong Kong's ATV after impending close

 

Source:  SCMP

 

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While the prospect of ATV finding a white knight dims, experts say it is unlikely the beleaguered company would cease operations immediately.

 

Even if the troubled broadcaster was forced to shut down or had its licence renewal denied, there is no timetable for the government to transfer the licence to anyone else to fill the airwaves.

 

In an interview with mainland media Caixin, ATV major investor Wong Ching said discussions with potential buyers had fallen through, leaving the station vulnerable to closure.

 

Accountants, however, said it is not a simple task to wind up a company.

 

Mat Ng, who chairs the restructuring and insolvency faculty executive committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, said a company's shareholders have two options to wind up a company.

 

One would be voluntary liquidation, where the board calls a shareholders' meeting and to secure the support of 75 per cent of shareholders for the move.

 

Another would be an application to court. "The person can submit to the court a petition to wind up. It usually takes about six weeks before the court would hear the case," he said.

 

Different stakeholders can voice their opinion in court, affecting its decision whether or not to issue a winding up order. In rare occasions, it is possible for the board to wind up a company under section 228A of Companies Ordinance, and to appoint a provisional liquidator to wind up the company in mere days.

 

But that requires agreement among board members and is not a usual route to be taken, he added.

 

Apart from the complexities involved, the station and its executive director Ip Ka-po still face prosecution for delaying the payment of wages.

 

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ATV sale talks still going on as major shareholder wrangles over HK$200m

 

Source:  SCMP

 

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Last-ditch negotiations to save cash-strapped broadcaster ATV from collapse are still in progress, with the sticking point being a difference of HK$200 million between the offer and asking price, it has emerged.

 

The South China Morning Post learned that, as of yesterday, a Hongkonger was willing to pay HK$500 million for a 52.42 per cent stake from major shareholder Wong Ben-koon, a relative of mainland investor Wong Ching.

 

But the potential buyer had balked at Wong Ching's insistence on closing the deal at HK$700 million, sources said.

Complicating the picture are different versions of the money wrangling behind the scenes.

 

Wong was quoted in mainland magazine Caixin yesterday as saying that, because the final saviour available had refused on Saturday to come to ATV's rescue, the free-to-air station's days were numbered and it could go off-air in the next few days.

 

But according to the Post's understanding, at least one deal - the HK$500 million offer - is still on the table and that Wong is the one who is unhappy with it.

 

The businessman told Caixin ATV owed him HK$1.8 billion and he was willing to halve the debt to HK$900 million, but offers on the table were "not feasible".

 

ATV spoke up on the Caixin report last night, saying Wong had never said its days were numbered. It also denied owing him HK$1.8 billion.

 

But it reiterated he was still battling for the survival of the television station.

 

Wong could not be reached for comment yesterday.

 

Earlier, Deloitte had urged Wong Ching to lower his expectations, to no avail. The accounting firm is working under a court appointment to look for someone to buy a 10.75 per cent stake from Wong Ben-koon, but has yet to secure any buyer since inviting tenders ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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