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Raymond Wong calls for government approval on TV licenses

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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(Your lead was concise and that was good. Instead saying "the luck for Hong Kong citizens", consider changing it to "Hong Kong citizens might benefit from it". Some facts here needed to be clarified. Only the Exco and the Chief Executive had the authority to approve the license while the Communications Authority could only make recommendation which it did both last year and this year. One big mistake you made here when you said "the 70 million Hong Kong citizens should have the right to choose". Hong Kong has only 7 million people, plus or minus a few.)

By Mak Shu Kee, 11th December , 2012

“If the City Telecom Limited (CTI) succeeds in applying a new free-to-air television license, it would the luck for Hong Kong citizens,” says Raymond Wong, Chairperson of the Communications Authority Broadcast Codes of Practice Committee in a talk today.

Due to voices over Hong Kong demanding for more free-to-air television channels, the Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority (renamed as Communications Authority after emerging with Office of the Telecommunications Authority in April 2012) received three applications applying for free-to-air television license in 2009. CTI was one of the applicants.

The new applications for free-to-air television license must be approved by both Executive Council and the Communications Authority base on the administrative procedure. Until 2012, the Executive Council had not yet approved the applications.

According to Wong, the approval is the issue of the previous government. The Communications Authority had already fulfilled its responsibility by endorsing the new Executive Council about this, since Leung Chun-ying became the new Hong Kong Chief Executive in July 2012.

“I think the current administrator does not handle the issue well, it is not necessary to inform Beijing on every issue happening in Hong Kong.” Wong says.

The issue of free-to-air television license has aroused controversies in the Hong Kong society recently. Wong describes the fierce opposition from two existing free-to-air television companies - TVB and ATV as ‘expected’.

He emphasizes, “If one’s does not do well in its business, it is not anybody’s responsibility. The 70 million Hong Kong citizens should have the right to choose, that the government should approve more free-to-air television licenses.”

Recently, the CTI’s chairman, Ricky Wong Wai-kay, again called for the new licenses to be issued as soon as possible. Wong believes Ricky is a smart businessman. “He must have precisely calculated the risk of starting a TV business and found out the error margin is narrow. I wish he could succeed. If he fails to do so, I fear no one could ever make such attempt again,” Wong concludes.

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