Hong Kong regulators have ordered community cost-free-to-air Television and radio broadcasters to have 30 minutes of nationwide schooling and id and Nationwide Safety Law programming each individual week.
The new regulations influence the city’s two dominant totally free-to-air Television broadcasters – Tv Broadcasts (TVB) and ViuTV, owned by billionaire Richard Li – as properly as radio stations Commercial Radio and Metro Broadcast.
“On prime of the present expected broadcast several hours of present-day affairs programmes beneath the classification ‘current affairs,’ licensees shall also broadcast no fewer than 30 minutes of programmes on nationwide education and learning, nationwide identity and National Safety Regulation for every 7 days,” the Communications Authority stated.
The Communications Authority also ruled that the expected broadcast several hours for English programming on English-language radio stations is reduced from 80% to 55%. In addition, the weekly Tv programming quota for “young persons” was doubled, although the minimum amount of hours for children’s programming was halved.
The National Security Regulation was imposed on Hong Kong by the mainland Chinese federal government in June 2020, following a calendar year of professional-democracy protests. The legislation criminalizes “subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorist acts”. In the wake of the law’s introduction, many Hong Kong media shops, such as Apple Each day, Stand Information and FactWire have been shut down.
Meanwhile, Cable Tv, a person of Hong Kong’s two key pay out-Television set broadcasters, has provided up its shell out-Tv licence six years earlier than planned, in the midst of monetary difficulties.
Hong Kong’s Government Council granted the corporation permission to stop pay back-Television set operations on June 1, right after it made the ask for to the Communications Authority in September final year. The licence came into impact in June 2017 and was established to expire in May possibly 2029.
Patrick Tsang, Vice Chairman of Cable Tv set guardian company i-Cable Communications mentioned the shift is an significant step in the direction of reinventing the firm, which options to develop into the neighborhood free-to-air current market. A spokesperson for Hong Kong’s Commerce and Financial Development Bureau stated the determination was commercially pushed.
Hong Kong now only has a single other main shell out-Television set broadcaster, NowTV, which like totally free-to-air services ViuTV, is owned by Richard Li’s PCCW.
I-Cable web losses enhanced by 29% to HK$226M (US$28.8M) in the very first 50 % of past yr, though subscribers fell from 731,000 at the conclusion of June 2021 to 683,000 in June final yr.
Analysts mentioned move demonstrates the decrease in regional spend-Tv set companies with the increase of streaming, as customers shift to platforms this sort of as Netflix, Disney+ and YouTube, but also cuts down the space for area of interest information and Cantonese-language programming.