HKTV artistes protest against license ban
Artistes from Hong Kong’s new television station HKTV gathered outside the Hong Kong Broadcasting authority building last Sunday to contest a decision made by the government. This was done after the station failed to obtain its free broadcast license. In an attempt to safeguard their careers, artistes such as Dominic Lam, Yoyo Mung, Maggie Cheung and Frankie Lam joined production crew members in making a stand last weekend.
Despite their efforts, there is no official response from the government yet and there are speculations going around that some HKTV artistes are planning to return to their previous company, TVB.
When reporters contacted TVB executive Virginia Lok about the rumour, the latter did not deny the truth in said rumours. She said, “TVB has always kept a friendly relationship with all artistes in the entertainment industry.”
Meanwhile, word has it that HKTV top actress Maggie Cheung is worried about her slim chance of regaining TVB’s favour, after her rift with the station last year. The 44-year-old actress apparently demanded for a “Queen (Ah Jie)” title in exchange for contract renewal but was turned down.
“Of course she is anxious! She has spent a huge sum of money in property investments since signing to Ricky Wong (founder of HKTV). What’s more, she is aware of her age and knows that she does not want to return to film period dramas in China anymore,” said an insider.
On the other hand, her colleague Frankie Lam did not deny the possibility of returning to TVB in the near future and was said to be in talks with the competitor’s management side recently.
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