The Communications Authority warned that Asia Television Ltd. may not be able to meet the May 31 deadline for the renewal of its license for non-local broadcasts, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Ambrose Ho Pui-him, the authority’s chairman, said it may not have enough time to review ATV’s application because of the delayed submission of documents regarding its new shareholders.
The TV station’s shareholder representative Ho Tsz-wai told reporters earlier this month that it plans to rent a satellite to broadcast three channels covering Hong Kong and the Americas.
At least one of the directors or principal members of the holder of a non-local broadcasting license must be residing in Hong Kong, according to current rules.
The TV station still owes the authority over HK$7.7 million in licensing fees and HK$510,000 in fines.
The authority is also processing the application of Fantastic Television, which is backed by i-CABLE Communications Ltd. (01097.HK), for a free-TV license.
It will give its recommendation to the Executive Council next month.
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