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The state of English TV News in Hong Kong

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    Who watches TV anymore?!? I mean how many of us actually go ... look its 7:30, let me turn on the TV and see what happened in the last 24 hours in HK?!?
    I do! I mean, I know what's happening in HK thanks to various other sources, but I still watch the news most nights. If I read the news online I'll end up seeing things targeted based on other things I've read. I enjoy the news for a broad overview of what's happening in the world and it's interesting to see what makes the news. Other than that, it's quite nostalgic and comforting and I enjoy knowing there' still English language news on TV!

    Quote Originally Posted by MatthieuTofu
    TVB Pearl
    They've been down to a single anchor for the news at 7:30 since mid-July. Stumbled upon a discussion forum (in cantonese) and learned that many of the anchors have quit/resigned/retired. Most notable Sonya Artero and Chris Lincoln resigned before the protests. Elmy Lung (who took over from Sonya) and Jeff Tang (who did weekend editions) both quit during the month of July. Tony Sabine and James Aitken are the only notable anchors left.
    Current crop of reporters is also pretty poor in my opinion. News coverage of the protests has been okay, but as with all of the English news broadcasts, has been a bit superficial in my opinion.
    Thanks for the update! I was wondering where the anchors had gone...
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    It is terrible, but I think we have to realise the English (only) market in Hong Kong is small. Of those, there are fewer who would tune into tv news every day. The majority probably just find their English language news online.

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    Just for reference.

    Here's how TVB does it on their main local channel:

    A look at how #TVB produces fake news and conveniently omitted the real story to make their ear biting Chinese nationalist look like the victim
    https://twitter.com/Woppa1Woppa/stat...23168595136512

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    TVB Pearl News refuses to mention that Rocky Tuan was tear gassed while trying to negotiate with police yesterday...


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    TVB in canto but I'll post it here...
    https://twitter.com/stegersaurus/sta...83316262916096


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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthieuTofu
    TVB in canto but I'll post it here...
    https://twitter.com/stegersaurus/sta...83316262916096
    Many young HK people these days do not watch TVB for news or entertainment. Not only have they lost trust and faith in the news program, they also don't find their dramas worth watching, as they feature recycled plots, dumb dialogue and dull stories. There is no improvement in the quality of these programs for the past 20 years or so, in fact since the handover even.

    You can say there actually has been a step decline in the quality of TVB productions. With little on air competition, there is little incentive to improve. Many HK people turned to online shows now.
    Last edited by Coolboy; 24-11-2019 at 05:03 PM.

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    After Pocari and others back in July...
    https://twitter.com/xinqisu/status/1...196477952?s=21


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    And more hardship for HK’s most hated broadcaster
    https://twitter.com/hongkongfp/statu...555760640?s=21

    Any other news organisation would NOT blame protests for a decline in business given they live on news. Pretty much shows that they’ve lost a lot of viewers.

    Last edited by MatthieuTofu; 16-12-2019 at 05:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthieuTofu
    And more hardship for HK’s most hated broadcaster
    https://twitter.com/hongkongfp/statu...555760640?s=21

    Any other news organisation would NOT blame protests for a decline in business given they live on news. Pretty much shows that they’ve lost a lot of viewers.
    At this rate, they might as well just relocate their entire business across the border to somewhere in the Pearl River Delta. Why bother to keep up the fiction that this is a HK-based broadcaster when it's primary audience is on the mainland? Oh sure, there are still some "tai tai" and some other old uneducated bumpkins in HK who still watches TVB, but an increasingly number, probably a majority, do not.
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