Codes and Guidelines

Codes of Practice

All television programme service licensees (domestic free television programme service, domestic pay television programme service, non-domestic television programme service, and other licensable television programme service) have to comply with the relevant legislation - the Broadcasting Ordinance (Cap.562), the Broadcasting (Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Cap. 391), and the related subsidiary legislation. They must also observe the terms and conditions of their licences. In addition, they are subject to codes of practice issued by the Communications Authority (CA).

These codes set out clear standards relating to programme, advertising and technical standards applicable to the licensees. These codes are reviewed regularly in consultation with the licensees to take account of changing community attitudes and standards.

Generic Codes of Practice for Television

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Codes of Practice on Customer Service issued by Licensees

Domestic Pay Television Programme Service

Non-domestic Television Programme Service


* Pursuant to the Communications Authority Ordinance (Cap 616), with effect from 1 April 2012, all duties and powers of the former Broadcasting Authority (BA) are conferred on the Communications Authority (CA) and the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), the executive arm of the CA. Unless the context otherwise requires, all references to BA and Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (TELA) in this document shall be construed as CA and OFCA respectively.