RTHK to air first TV program with Indonesian subtitles

March 24, 2016 14:15
RTHK will broadcast its programs from its digital channels 31 and 33 on the new analog channels 31A and 33A, which it is taking over from ATV. Photo: RTHK

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) confirmed it will take over the television channels of the defunct Asia Television Ltd. April 2 and will run programs from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. every day, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

Assistant director of broadcasting Chan Man-kuen said RTHK has yet to develop its newscast service, so no news anchors will be seen on the news telecasts, and initially there will be no English-language news bulletin.

Chan said RTHK’s program Hong Kong Story will be aired with Indonesian subtitles for the first time, to help Indonesians integrate into the local community.

The two analog channels will be named RTHK 31A and RTHK 33A. They will air programs from the existing digital channels RTHK 31 and RTHK 33.

Leung Chi-wah, head of engineering at RTHK, said the new channels will cover 80 percent of Hong Kong’s population and are expected to reach 99 percent coverage by the end of June.

RTHK's TV programs mostly cover current affairs and leisure and include documentaries and programs for children.

Because of a limited budget, RTHK’s programs will largely be outsourced.

Only five hours of original programming will be produced per day. 

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