Must-carry RTHK programmes should stop
(30 October 2017) The Communications Authority (CA) today decided that Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) had breached the CA’s direction in relation to the pre-emption of RTHK programme “Headliner” without approval on 30 June. A TVB spokesman said the CA’s decision showed complete disregard for the circumstances under which the RTHK programme was rescheduled to give way to a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hong Kong for the 20th Anniversary of HKSAR.
“It was the first visit to Hong Kong by Xi Jinping in his capacity as the President of the People’s Republic of China. Isn’t the President’s first speech in Hong Kong more significant than the weekly “Headliner”, which is not even a news programme?” the spokesman said.
“Mandatory carriage of RTHK programmes adversely affects TVB’s programming and rescheduling flexibility. RTHK, which now has three digital terrestrial TV channels and two analogue TV channels, has no reason to continue to occupy TVB’s precious high-rating time slots. This outdated requirement should cease as soon as possible.”