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HKTV lays off staff after broadcasting licence application rejected

HKTVA television station in Hong Kong has had to sack staff after its application for a domestic free-to-air broadcasting licence was rejected.

Hong Kong Television Network, formerly known as City Telecom, is to make 320 staff redundant after the government concluded that the Hong Kong television market could not sustain five TV stations, and rejected its application.

There has already been a public backlash against the decision, with a Facebook page set up to contest it.

HKTV has invested HK$300m in content production since it submitted its application in 2010, the South China Morning Post is reporting.

The decision comes after two existing pay-TV operators PCCW, which operates NOW TV, and i-Cable Communications, which runs Cable TV, were granted broadcasting licences “on principle”.

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