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Wong Remained Doubtful towards CE’s Disclosure of TV License Issue

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【5th November, 2013 Leung Nga Wing】The Chief Executive has partially disclosed the consultation report of TV license application today, but Wong Wai Kay said he has no expectation towards the CE’s move and his decision, and he doubt the credibility of the report.


Hong Kong government recently rejected the TV license application of HKTV, a TV station founded by the well-known telecommunication entrepreneur Wong Wai Kay. The government merely issued free TV licenses to two other competitors of HKTV: Cable TV and now TV. The public were generally disappointed by the government’s decision, and they have been expressing their discontent and anger via a series of movements and protests.


Wong said he did not know why the government was reluctant to disclose the content of the consultation report on 15 October, the day right after government announced HKTV failed to gain a free-to-air TV license. “Why the government did not disclose the report until a series of movements and protests? Why the government did not clarify their criteria in evaluating TV license applicants to the public earlier before all these things happened? Is there something wrong in the report that the government is afraid of disclosing them to the public? ” He questioned as he doubted the credibility of the report.


He noted that most Executive Council members were neither businessman nor veteran TV industry professionals. He doubted their qualification and experience in examining the three TV license applicants. “I do not know why the members are qualified in deciding the issue of TV license. And I do not think they have taken the advices and recommendations from the experts. I am furious about this,” Wong said.


Wong further stated that in the technological and financial perspective, HKTV was not supposed to be ranking at last. He said HKTV was well-prepared and has already fulfilled all the requirements for a TV license application. Therefore, he could hardly understand why the government and Executive Council rejected his application.


Rumour has it that the Chief Executive, i.e. C.Y. Leung, has dominated the whole decision process in issuing the TV licenses. Responding to his relation and acquaintance with Leung, Wong said “I do not know C.Y. Leung at all, and surely I do not know why he rejected my application.”


In addition, Wong deemed that the Beijing government has not involved or intervened in deciding the issue of TV license. “I am 99% sure about it,” he said.


He also denied that he would take over ATV, one of the free TV station in Hong Kong. He said taking over ATV is not his plan at all, but affirmed that someone did suggest him in doing so.


Early in 2009, Wong started applying a free-to-air TV license for City Telecom. He recruited many talented actors and actresses from the other two TV broadcasters, TVB and ATV. In 2012, Wong declared the official name for his new TV station to be Hong Kong Television Network Limited (HKTV).


Wong Wai Kay is a telecommunication entrepreneur. He founded City Telecom Limited and Hong Kong Broadband Network in the early 90s. In 2008, Wong was appointed to be the chief executive officer of Asia Television Limited (ATV). But he resigned from the post shortly after two weeks.



--125099 2013年11月6日 (三) 00:47 (UTC)

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