Chairman's pictureI am very pleased to present in this Annual Report an overview of exciting developments in Hong Kong's broadcasting sector and the Authority's role in maintaining a competitive, fair and vibrant broadcasting market over the past 12 months.

A Robust Broadcasting Market

Domestic Free Television Programme Services

The Authority helped to pave the way for the introduction in 2007 of digital terrestrial television (DTT) in Hong Kong under the Government's implementation framework. So as to ensure that Asia Television Limited (ATV) and Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) would be able to comply with the timetable laid down in such framework, the Authority directed the two domestic free television broadcasters to submit their updated investment plans on DTT to the Authority for approval. The Authority has carefully examined and assessed the plans. With the help of independent external expert advice, the Authority was satisfied that the proposed supplementary investments in DTT services of over $400 million by each of the licensees, over and above the investments committed in their original six-year plans, were adequate to implement their respective programming plans, including the provision of high definition television (HDTV) programmes as required by the Government together other new services of their choice. Following the approval of these investment plans, both ATV and TVB are now on track to deliver their services via this new digital platform. Hong Kong viewers can look forward to experiencing and enjoying enhanced new television services through this new platform on a free-of-charge basis in 2007.


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