Friday, October 9, 2015   

Ricky Wong demands meeting with govt
(03-13 15:57)

The chairman of Hong Kong Television Network, Ricky Wong, has called for a meeting with Greg So Kam-leung -- the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development -- to discuss whether HKTV can provide mobile-TV services.
After being denied a TV license last October, HKTV was instead planning to launch a mobile TV service in July. The firm has now been told it needs a TV license unless its mobile service is limited to less than 5,000 households, RTHK reports.
Wong said the government should clarify if there had been a policy shift over mobile TV licenses, otherwise he'd take legal action.
However, a deputy director general of the authority, Danny Law, said that opening any meeting on the issue to the public might not be appropriate, because the discussions could involve confidential commercial information.
An executive councilor, Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, said recent events could give the impression that the government is trying to suppress HKTV, after first denying it a TV license and then scuppering its plans for a mobile-TV service.
However, speaking in Beijing, she said she felt the key was whether or not HKTV had conducted enough legal checks. She said it was also a matter of concern for Beijing's Liaison Office, as it involved constitutional issues.
She gave as an example the vote in Legco on whether to invoke its special powers to investigate the government's decision not to grant HKTV a broadcast license.   
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