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Legal issues won’t stop Ricky from building his TV Empire

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--095176 2012年2月21日 (二) 22:58 (UTC)


Legal issues won’t stop Ricky from building his TV Empire


Three licenses for new free-to-air television services are about to be granted to PCCW, i-Cable Communications and City Telecom. Yet, the whole process has been encumbered with the judicial review of ATV on the unfair fee of different service providers, “OFTA has guaranteed to grant three licenses to three applicants and we are one of them. Now it’s just a matter of time,” said Ricky Wong Wai Kee, the Chairman of CTI, when attending a seminar held at the Hong Kong Shue Yan University this afternoon.


The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) will grant a license for new free-to-air television services to the CTI, although there have been some encumbrance, for instance the judicial review of ATV, Ricky said it would not be an obstacle. He said he does not care about the development of the issue because he only wants to focus on recruiting staffs and preparing for a start at the moment.

[Can you provide some details about this judicial review?]

“I think the only thing the issue will affect would be the date of us commencing broadcasting. It will be either on the 1st Oct or 1st Jan. It depends on the date the license is granted,” he said.


Entering a competitive area like the TV broadcasting need to face a lot of challenges, however, it is not the first time for Ricky to run a TV broadcasting station. CTI owns Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN), which has a paid television service. Ricky pointed out the difference between paid TV broadcasting and free-to-air TV, “For paid channels, many contents are brought from foreign markets and then broadcasted to small portion of people. But for free channels, most of the contents must be self-made by the company and this will gain revenue from advertising. It is a long term investment,” said Ricky.


Ricky reviewed the start of HKBN, “It was a tough time when I first launched HKBN. CTI had deficits for seven years. Therefore this time I have foreseen some problems that CTI would face, including some legal problems like the judicial review of ATV,” he said. [Some details of the judicial review (what it is, why it is being administered, how it can be fought, how long it takes, etc.) would be welcome]


When more competitors participate in the free television industry, more human resources are required. Ricky said this industry needs more fresh and young newcomers, “We give scenarist a lot of freedoms to create their own pieces. People will love working here.” He also emphasized some limitations at the same time, “The creative space has been expanded, but, not unlimited. We have some factual limitations when we requested a licence from government. Therefore there will be some elements or topics that are not allowed to involve in this new company,” he added.

[Grade: B]

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