Greg So rejects politics at play in Commercial Radio license delay

Local | 2 Feb 2016 12:25 pm

The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Greg So Kam-leung has rejected allegations that political considerations were to blame for the prolonged scrutiny of Commercial Radio's license renewal application.

The broadcasting license of the radio station is due to expire in August. Civic Party lawmaker Claudia Mo said it's “abnormal" that the government still hasn't made a decision on the matter. She questioned So at a Legislative Council panel meeting whether “politics" was involved in the vetting process.

In response, So said the Executive Council was still processing the application and said it would announce the result when the time comes. He disagreed that political considerations were involved.

In 2003, the government announced the renewal of Commercial Radio's license a year before it expired.

So added that officials would study if the cash-strapped ATV could still fulfill its licensing requirements after scrapping its morning and noon newscasts. He told lawmakers that it was undesirable that ATV failed to pay staff wages since December.—RTHK

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