ATV's licence in jeopardy: lawyer


Source:  SCMP




ATV's licence to broadcast is in severe doubt, a court heard yesterday, with the industry's regulator telling bosses at the troubled station it was inclined to tell the government not to grant a renewal due to poor management and unsatisfactory performance.


The Communications Authority's views, shown in a draft of its recommendation sent to the station on September 5, were revealed to the Court of First Instance by counsel for Antenna Investments, a major shareholder in ATV. The licence expires at the end of next year, with the final decision resting with the chief executive and Executive Council.


Antenna is suing the station over allegations of poor management and is urging the court to appoint an independent supervisor to oversee the station.


Chua Guan-hock SC, for Antenna, read part of the authority's letter to the court. In it, the watchdog alleges that the station's corporate governance is deficient and that there are no proper checks and balances on the board. It says overall unsatisfactory performance also contributed to its likely decision.


Chua said Antenna had no idea what Wong Ching, the mainland businessman who is ATV's major investor, was thinking.


On the one hand, he told the court, Wong had arranged HK$3 billion in funding for the station this year to prepare for the licence renewal; on the other, Wong had demanded the station repay a loan of HK$1.09 billion within a month or he would wind it up. The company lost HK$378 million and had liabilities of more than HK$1 billion, the court heard.


"He is playing a game with the [authority] and he goes to the court to play a game with you," Chua said, addressing judge Mr Justice Jonathan Harris.


He said Wong was the guarantor of a HK$290 million granted to ATV. If the ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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HKTV launches after a year of controversy


Source:  Time Out Hong Kong




HKTV has finally made its long-awaited debut online. Arthur Tam goes outside the box and finds out what it means for the future of television in our city


Besides being a hub for the finance, fashion and film industries over the years, Hong Kong also has a proud history in TV. The city’s thriving television scene has been an undying source of cultural influence – both locally and internationally. It’s nothing short of amazing that a small territory with a market of just seven million people can regularly produce TV shows with budgets similar to those made in the US that have a market of more than 300 million people. Ever since the conception of HK’s first free-to-air station, TVB, which launched on November 19, 1967, we’ve been producing quality programming that not only reaches local viewers but has also, over the years, expanded to audiences in Malaysia, the USA, Australia, Canada, the UK, Thailand, Singapore, Macau and New Zealand. Not bad for a TV station that, for the past 47 years, has been producing original Cantonese (only the third most widely spoken Chinese dialect) shows.


It may be a proud, colourful history but, of late, there’s been a considerable amount of public discontent aimed at TVB. Some say it’s gone stale and that shows are bland. Others claim it has a monopoly over the industry, despite the existence of stations like PCCW, i-Cable, ATV and RTHK. They say these networks can’t compete with TVB. And, to top it all off, TVB has also been criticised for self-censorship, especially in relation to its coverage of the recent heated protests.


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Charlene Choi's fans donate 2000kg rice instead of presents for her birthday   COPY2.jpg 10729298_269887499875332_162900310_n.jpg 928019_349378881907766_1425520979_n.jpg   Source: EEG Translation: mutts @ >   Charlene Choi celebrated her 32nd birthday on November 22. Previously when she had an opening in her schedule, she celebrated her birthday in advance with over 200 Hong Kong and overseas fans. Charlene has always wanted to be able to do more good deeds and help vulnerable families. As a result, for her birthday gathering this year, fans answered Charlene's appeal and decided not to give flowers and presents. Instead, they used this money to buy rice and gave it to charities in need. At the beginning of the birthday gathering, the charity organization representative accepted the rice voucher from Charlene and expressed their great appreciation.   In order to give their idol a birthday surprise, fans specially asked EEG staff about the food Charlene likes and prepared a "Braised pork with bean curd rice + Chinese vegetable" design cake. Upon seeing the cake, Charlene who was so astonished that she could not bear to cut the cake. After singing the birthday song, 14 lucky fans who were chosen from a draw played games with Charlene.   Soon after, Charlene brought out her own personal items to sell for charity, with all proceeds going to the rice donation. With everyone's combined effort, they together donated over 45 000 meals. Charlene expressed, "Thank you to all the "Little Silly Sa's" who came today and helped celebrate this "Big Silly Sa's" birthday in advance. I never thought that my birthday was this significant. Thank you to everyone for putting my words into action! Today, we together donated 2000 kg of rice, which will be ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Monday November 24, 2014 Hong Kong







Hong Kong actress Ada Choi recently announced her withdrawal from her children apparel brand, Motion Picture Kidswear.


According to Mingpao News, the actress shared the news on her Weibo, saying, "A year ago, I invested in the company with much delight, but now I have decided to withdraw my investment."


Though she did not reveal the reason behind her withdrawal, Ada said that she is still thankful for the opportunity to learn a thing or two about business.


"I will continue to work hard and prepare for the future. Thank you to all supporters!" she added.


The news was a surprise to many, as Ada had worked hard promoting the store, and had once stated that she would like to make the business a listed company in the future.

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Monday November 24, 2014 Hong Kong







 "I want a filial and selfless wife," said Bosco Wong, when asked about the woman of his dream in an interview with Oriental Daily News recently.


The actor, whose eight-year romance with Myolie Wu ended two years ago, and new relationship with model Vanessa Yeung ended after only a short while, stated that his ideal wife would be Nancy Wu's character in "The Ultimate Addiction".


"She has no need to cook since I cook all the time anyway, but every successful man would want someone who can help him take care of the business as well as the household, a selfless person who is not afraid to make sacrifices in order to resolve one's issues," said Bosco.


The actor admitted that such a wife is hard to find, though added that he has not set any time frame on when he should get married.


"I will always put my family and friends first, and right now, my career is the most important, as I have to provide for my family. Thus, romance has always been the lowest priority in my book," Bosco admitted.


However, Bosco assured that he will find a way to balance his career and love once he has found the right woman.

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Monday November 24, 2014 Hong Kong






 Rumour has it that the recently engaged TVB couple, Wong Cho Lam and Leanne Li, will be holding their wedding in Disneyland in Lantau Island.


According to Oriental Daily News, following Eric Tsang's disclosure that the couple may get married on Valentine's Day, a new rumour has emerged saying that they will be holding a 100-table banquet at the Hong Kong Disneyland.


The venue is said to be especially memorable to the couple, as it was the location of their very first date.


Sources also claimed that both Wong and Leanne love the Disney characters so much that the comedy actor even held his birthday party last year and filmed several scenes for "Come On, Cousin!" at the theme park.


When asked to confirm the rumours, the happy soon-to-be wed star only replied, "I will announce the details myself later."


The couple, who has been dating for five years, recently got engaged when Wong popped the question in front of the audience and viewers at the TVB Anniversary Gala.


Meanwhile, Leanne recently denied rumours that she knew about the proposal before it was made, saying that she had no clue whatsoever.


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GEM Tang apologises for manager's behaviour

Monday November 24, 2014 Hong Kong

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Hong Kong singer GEM Tang has addressed the recent controversy regarding her supposed diva behaviour while dealing with the media.


As reported on Sina News, the singer was previously slammed for being an arrogant diva, after her manager Cheung Tan refused to entertain the print media's wishes of interviewing the singer in a separate meeting from the digital media outlets.


Cheung stressed that GEM will only conduct one round of interviews and even threatened to cancel the press conference if the members of the media refused to abide by the rules.


However, the manager started singing in a different tune when reporters began to leave the venue, saying that GEM has eventually decided to do a separate interview.


The manager's attitude reflected badly on the singer, with many saying that Cheung Tan's behaviour mirrored GEM's own arrogance.


However, while speaking to the media recently, the singer apologised for the incident, saying that she was unaware of the issue.


"I am only a performing artiste, and have no clue about administrative matters. But I hope that there is a mutual understanding among everybody," said GEM.


She also clarified that the team had just recently added some new members and that they will ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Monday November 24, 2014 Hong Kong

Source: The Sun / Oriental Daily
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This year's TVB King and Queen will be revealed on December 15th, when the TVB Anniversary Awards are held. Last night was the "pre-battle" at "TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2014", held in the Arena of Stars in Genting Highlands. Before the "real battle", Roger Kwok and Charmaine Sheh took the first dibs, and became double awarded TVB King and Queen (as they also won Fave Character awards). As for drama, "Line Walker", it swept a total of 12 awards, become the biggest winner of the night!

Yesterday night, TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2014 was held in Genting Highlands, Malaysia at the Arena of Stars. TVB siu sangs and fa dans including Charmaine Sheh, Roger Kwok, Linda Chung, Kate Tsui, Bosco Wong, Tavia Yeung, Him Law, Ruco Chan, Selena Li and Kenneth Ma, etc. attended in high fashion. Because this awards ceremony is seen as a pre-battle to the TVB Anniversary Awards in December, plus there were close to 200,000 votes in this year's results, the ceremony was highly anticipated!

"Ding Jeh" sweet talks

Charmaine Sheh's popularity rose once again after returning to TVB with her character in "Line Walker". Her outstanding performance in the show became a hot topic in the city, and is seen as the likely winner for TV Queen this year!
Charmaine Sheh wore a white night gown and showed up with Ruco Chan, one of the popular picks for TV King. Last month, she was crowned TV Queen at the Starhub TVB Awards in Singapore. This time, she was successful once again, and won "My Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role", beating the other hot favourite, Linda Chung. On ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The 45th India International Film Festival is heating up in Goa. China was the festival focus nation and Chinese films were featured at the festival. Already arrived at the film festival, Tony Leung Chiu Wai yesterday spoke with Xinhua news agency reporters. He said that he benefited a lot from exchanges with Indian filmmakers. In the future he would like to make some light and humorous films.

Actually Wai Jai was particularly in love with Indian food, especially curry and Indian cuisine filled with spices. This time was not his first time in India, only earlier he visited India privately. As for Goa, he described it as India's sunny beach that was very relaxing.

As for guests of the focus nation, Wai Jai and Zhang Ziyi were invited to attend the film festival opening ceremony on the 20th and participated in a special lighting ceremony. He said that this time at the India International Film Festival was different from the previous festivals that he has attended. This was the first time he was the focus nation guest. As a member of the team to represent the nation and have exchanges with Indian filmmakers, he felt the meaning was extraordinary.

Speaking of his impression of Indian film, Wai Jai recalled that he has liked to watch movies since he was very little. He would pay particular attention to some good movies. With many movies that he has seen when he was little, he would still ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The 51st Golden Horse Awards ended last night in Taipei. Ann Hui On Wa with THE GOLDEN ERA won her third Best Director. After the event celebration, Hui On Wa and Tang Wei continued to celebrate with spice hot pot casserole. Speaking of Tang Wei's Best Actress defeat, she was still crazy with joy that Hui On Wa won. As for losing to EXIT's Chen Shiang-Chyi, she said that she was already very happy with the nomination. She was already pleased just from seeing the certificate. Because every nominee was truly very strong, she would continue to work hard and make up for what she lacked in acting. Speaking of her new life with her Korean husband, Tang Wei said that it is great and thanked everyone for their concern. What about a ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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