The domestic free television programme service ("free TV") licences of Fantastic Television Limited ("Fantastic TV"), HK Television Entertainment Company Limited ("HKTVE") and Television Broadcasts Limited ("TVB") are valid for 12 years from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2027, from 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2027 and from 31 May 2016 to 30 May 2028 respectively. The sound broadcasting licensees of Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited ("CRHK") and Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited ("Metro") are valid for 12 years from 26 August 2016 to 25 August 2028. Pursuant to the relevant statutory requirements and licence conditions, these licences shall be subject to review by the Chief Executive in Council in the sixth year of the 12-year validity period of the licence between 2021 and 2022. Given the proximity of the review periods of these licences and to more efficiently manage these mid-term reviews, the Communications Authority ("CA") decided to conduct a consolidated exercise for all the free TV and sound broadcasting licences. Following the established practice, the CA will evaluate the licensees' performance against the various statutory requirements and licence conditions as well as formulate recommendations for consideration and approval by the Chief Executive in Council.
Given that the Mid-term Review may affect the public and the broadcasting industry, the CA needs to consider the views of those who have an interest or concern in the outcome of the CA’s decision. To this end, the CA will conduct a two-month consultation from 10 September 2021 to 9 November 2021 to gauge public views on the domestic free TV services of Fantastic TV, HKTVE and TVB as well as the sound broadcasting services of CRHK and Metro.
The purpose of the public consultation is to seek views and comments from members of the public on the services of Fantastic TV, HKTVE and TVB performed under their respective domestic free TV licences, as well as the services of CRHK and Metro performed under their respective sound broadcasting licences, so as to facilitate the CA in making an informed decision when formulating recommendations to the Chief Executive in Council for the Mid-term Review.
Members of the public are welcome to give your views and comments by 9 November 2021 through any of the following means –
|Post:||Office of the Communications Authority
(Attn: Licence Administration Section 22)
20/F, Wu Chung House,
213 Queen's Road East,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
|Online Submission:||Comment Form|
|Phone:||2961 6641 or 2961 6649|