Tuesday, December 23, 2014   

ATV loses final bid to stop report
(08-15 17:50)

ATV has lost its final bid to stop a report, which accuses majority investor Wong Ching, of interfering with day-to-day decisions, from being made public.
A draft of the report by the Communications Authority alleges that ATV's major investor, Wong Ching, has de facto control of the broadcaster, violating the Broadcasting Ordinance, RTHK reports.
The authority's conclusion was based not only on documents but the accounts of five ATV staff members, whose identities were kept secret.
ATV says it's wrong for the authority to publish its findings without disclosing who the insiders are.
But during the hearing, Justice Geoffrey Ma suggested that the informants' fear of reprisals were real and would be unquantifiable even if the court were to cross-examine the employees.
The lawyer for the Communications Authority told reporters that preparation of the report has reached its final stage.
   
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