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Background

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.

Purpose

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.

Information Document

For easy reference by members of the public, a summary of the licensees’ services under their respective licences, the complaint records, the licensees' investment plans and the current regulatory requirements are set out in the information document.

Online Public Consultation Session
Members of the public may provide their views by joining the online public consultation session ("OPC"):

• OPC
  - Date: 25 September 2021 (Saturday)
  - Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  - Language: Cantonese
  - The OPC will be live cast on the CA website and live broadcast on RTHK Channel 32.

• Registration
Registration is now closed.

• Rules to be observed
As the number of participants in the OPC is limited, the Office of the Communications Authority will select participants from all the registrants at random and inform them in advance. Participants should comply with the rules set out for the OPC.

• Inclement Weather Arrangement
If a Pre-No. 8 Special Announcement has been issued, or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above or Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is still in force 5 hours before the commencement of the OPC on the event day, the OPC will be postponed. Participants will be notified of the corresponding arrangements separately in due course.

• Livecast of the Online Public Consultation Session (Coming soon)
Written Submissions

Members of the public are welcome to give your views and comments by 9 November 2021 through any of the following means –

Press Release
Enquiry
Important Disclaimer
The CA reserves the right to make public any submissions in whole or in part and disclose the identity of the source in such a manner as the CA sees fit. Any material claimed to be confidential should be clearly marked. The CA would take such markings into account in making the decision as to whether such information will be disclosed or not. Acknowledgement receipt of views and comments will not be provided.