Date
20 September 2017
In the 1960s, George Ho convinced the the colonial government about the need for independence in news production. Photo: Commercial Radio
In the 1960s, George Ho convinced the the colonial government about the need for independence in news production. Photo: Commercial Radio

Commercial Radio founder George Ho dies at 95

Hong Kong media mogul George Ho, founder of Commercial Radio Hong Kong, died Wednesday at the age of 95.

Ho died from complications related to organ failure. He had been reported to be suffering from cancer.

A son of the late tycoon Sir Robert Hotung, Ho established Hong Kong’s first commercial radio station in 1959 and helped nurture countless of aspiring journalists including Leung Tin-wai, head of the department of journalism and mass communication at Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

Leung, who was personally invited to join station by Ho in 1972, said the latter’s unwavering stance against the Left in the late 1960s helped convince the colonial government about the need for licence renewal and independence in news production.

In 1975, Ho co-founded Commercial Television but the venture closed after three years.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Commerce and Economic Development Bureau Secretary Gregory So praised Ho’s contributions to the broadcasting industry and expressed their condolences.

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