Communications Authority Press Release (January)


This press release summarises the decisions of the Communications Authority (CA) following its 103rd meeting held in January 2021.

The CA considered two complaint cases in respect of broadcasters’ non-compliance with the Generic Code of Practice on Television Programme Standards (TV Programme Code) -

  1. A complaint against the television programme "Scoop" (東張西望) broadcast on 21 May 2020 on the Jade Channel of Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB). The CA took the view that the complaint in respect of fairness and right of reply was justified and decided that TVB should be strongly advised to observe more closely the relevant provisions in the TV Programme Code; and
  2. Complaints against three editions of the television programme "Headliner" (頭條新聞), respectively broadcast on the RTHK TV 31 Channel of Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and the Jade Channel of TVB on 28 February 2020; on the RTHK TV 31 Channel of RTHK on 13 March 2020; and on the RTHK TV 31 Channel of RTHK on 10 April 2020. The CA took the view that the complaints in respect of denigration of and insult to police officers for the three editions under complaint, and the lack of suitable opportunity for response for the edition broadcast on 13 March 2020 were justified and that RTHK should be strongly advised to observe more closely the relevant provisions in the TV Programme Code.

Details of the above cases are at Appendix.

Communications Authority
Secretariat

28 January 2021

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