Hong Kong government has cancelled the broadcasting license of Asia Television (ATV), an oldest free-to-air TV network group in Hong Kong.
The Executive Council of Hong Kong said on 1 April that it won’t renew the free-to-air license of Asia Television, known as ATV.Its Free TV license is due to expire on November 30, 2015. Under the Broadcasting Ordinance, a notice in writing of the non-renewal decision has to be served on ATV at least 12 months before the expiration of its license. As a result, ATV will have its license extended to April 1, 2016.
On the same day as ATV's license was denied renewal, a new TV license was granted to HK Television Entertainment Company Limited (HKTVE), operated by Richard Li's PCCW, which also runs the IPTV platform ‘nowTV’. The validity of the license will run for 12 years — until March 31, 2027, subject to a mid-term review in 2021. HKTVE's new free TV service will be delivered through fixed network. Its integrated Cantonese channel and integrated English channel will begin broadcast within 12 months and 24 months, respectively, after the grant of license.