The Hong Kong Broadcasting Scene - 11 Compliance with Regulatory Requirements

picture 11.1  Positive Programme Requirements11.2  Attainment of Milestones by Domestic Pay TV Licensees
11.3  New Investors in Galaxy
14 Hong Kong as a Stepping Stone into the Mainland Market13 Other Licensable Television Programme Services12 Hong Kong as a Regional Broadcasting Hub11 Compliance with Regulatory Requirements10 Advertising Modes9 Programmes for Minority Ethnic Groups in Hong Kong8 Programme Genres7 Programme Sources6 Investment in TV Industry5 Broadcasting revenues4 Penetration of Different Broadcasting Services3 Transmission Modes2 The Broadcasting Landscape1 History

11.1 Positive Programme Requirements

Each domestic free television programme service licensee was required to broadcast at least 41.5 hours of positive programmes17 per week. Both ATV and TVB met the requirements under their respective licences on both the Cantonese and English channels during the period under review. In aggregate, ATV broadcast a weekly average of 111 hours of positive programmes and TVB, 114 hours.

ATV and TVB were required to provide Chinese subtitles for all news, current affairs, weather reports and emergency announcements as well as programmes during prime time (7:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.) on the Cantonese channels. Starting from 1 December 2004, the two domestic free television programme service licensees were also required to provide on their English channels English subtitles for all news, current affairs, weather programmes and emergency announcements as well as for the two hours of English programmes with educational value targeting teenagers per week.

Figure 28 : Broadcast of Positive Programmes on Cantonese TV Channels


Both licensees also broadcast one minute of Announcements in Public Interest (APIs) each broadcast hour and two minutes each week of publicity material for the Authority, pursuant to the licence requirements. During the period under review, the licensees broadcast a total of 572 hours of such materials.

As regards radio services, CRHK and Metro were required from 26 August 2004 to increase the minimum amount of programmes for senior citizens from half an hour to one hour per week under their renewed licences. Each of them was required to broadcast at least 6.3 hours of positive programmes18 per week. By and large, both CRHK and Metro complied with the licence conditions on broadcast of positive programmes as well as one minute of APIs in each broadcast hour.

Figure 29 : Provision of Positive Programmes on Radio


17   The "positive programmes" ATV and TVB required to broadcast are news, current affairs programmes, documentary, art and culture programmes, children's programmes and programmes for senior citizens and young persons.
18   The "positive programmes" CRHK and Metro required to broadcast are news and weather programmes, current affairs programmes, art and culture programmes and advisory programmes, viz. programmes for young persons and senior citizens.