Date
21 September 2017
HKTV hasn't given up on its quest for a free-to-air TV license, Chairman Ricky Wong says. Photo: HKEJ
HKTV hasn't given up on its quest for a free-to-air TV license, Chairman Ricky Wong says. Photo: HKEJ

Ricky Wong vows to continue fight for free-to-air TV license

Ricky Wong Wai-kay, chairman of Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV, 01137.HK), said he will continue to fight for a free-to-air TV broadcast license in the city after a rebuff from the government last year.

While youngsters can easily access internet TV programs through computers or mobile devices, senior citizens may find it difficult to watch the programs even with smart televisions, a situation that is unfair to the elderly, Wong said, according to RTHK.

To ensure equal access for all citizens, HKTV will continue to seek a free-to-air TV license, he said.

HKTV was denied a regular TV license last year, and its mobile TV plan was also stalled due to technical issues. The company is now readying to launch internet TV broadcasts and online shopping services on November 19.

Wong said HKTV will generate revenue from advertising, overseas licensing and online shopping. He expects the operation to post a modest profit after the launch although it’s struggling to make ends meet as of now.

Meanwhile, he criticized the government for not meeting the aspirations of the youth in the city.

“Young people are purely fighting for fairness now” but the government doesn’t seem to get it, he said.

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