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Communications Authority press release
The following is issued on behalf of the Communications Authority:

     This press release summarises the decisions of the Communications Authority (CA) following its 127th meeting.

Breach of licence condition by Phoenix Satellite Television Company Limited (Phoenix)

     The CA decided that Phoenix, a non-domestic television programme service (non-domestic TV) licensee, has breached Condition 10.1 of its non-domestic TV licence by failing to seek the requisite approval of the CA prior to the implementation of the changes to the shareholding structure of Phoenix during the period from March 28, 2022, to April 11, 2023. Taking into account the circumstances of the case as well as the nature, duration and severity of the breach, the CA decided that Phoenix should be advised to observe the relevant licence condition more closely.

Renewal of non-domestic TV licence of Starbucks (HK) Limited (SHK)

     The CA approved the application by SHK for renewal of its non-domestic TV licence for 12 years, from January 4, 2024, to January 3, 2036 (both dates inclusive). Currently, there are nine non-domestic TV licensees providing around 140 satellite television programme channels for the Asia Pacific region.

Broadcast complaint

     The CA considered a complaint case about the television programme "What a Wonderful World" broadcast on February 21, 2023, on the HOY TV Channel of Fantastic Television Limited (Fantastic TV). The CA decided that Fantastic TV should be strongly advised to observe more closely the relevant provision of the Generic Code of Practice on Television Programme Standards. Details of the case are at Appendix.
Ends/Monday, July 17, 2023
Issued at HKT 16:30
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