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Asian TV Awards chief faces further court probe over failure to pay $292,000 debt

The media boss behind the Asian Television Awards is to be quizzed in Singapore’s High Court after failing to pay a single dollar of the near-$300,000 he owes a production company.

Raymond Wong has been instructed to appear for an examination next month where lawyers will explore his business dealings and why he has failed to honour a court order to pay ActiveTV.

The Singapore-based production firm stepped in at just two weeks’ notice to produce the 2017 TV awards, held over two days last December.

After invoices went unpaid, ActiveTV launched legal action. A court in May ruled in its favour and ordered Wong to pay S$292,000, plus costs of S$2,000.

Nothing has been paid, yet Wong continues to promote the 2018 TV awards which are due to be held later this year.

The further legal proceedings, to take place on August 3, were instigated by ActiveTV, primarily to recoup its money.

But ActiveTV president Michael McKay said it also wants to prevent another company from suffering possible financial damage in the run-up to this year’s awards.

“We received a judgment in our favour, as well as for costs, but there has been no attempt to satisfy that judgement,” McKay told Mumbrella

“We were forced to go back to the High Court to seek an application that was granted by the court for Mr Wong to attend a examination.

“Our aim is to recover the money owing, that is obviously our aim as a business. But from an industry perspective we think it’s important to draw attention to these sort of things which cause harm and damage in, and to the industry.

“We would hate to see other firms in this position.”

According to the court notice, the examination will probe Wong on “whether he has any property or means to satisfy the judgment”.

Raymond Wong pictured with this wife at the 2017 Asian TV Awards

Wong has also been ordered to “produce any books or documents in the Judgment Debtor’s possession or power”.

The action is being taken against Wong and Active Marketing and Events, formerly known as The Asian Television Awards (ATA) Pte Ltd.

The TV awards itself has been organised for the last five years by Contineo Media, a publishing house formerly known as Ten Alps until it sold its majority 65 per cent stake to Karay Holdings – the investment vehicle of Wong – in 2012.

But Contineo Media hit financial trouble earlier this year and was accused of failing to pay its staffs’ salaries and Central Provident Fund – essentially a pension for Singaporean citizens and permanent residents.

Last year, the government-backed CPF Board fined Contineo Media – plus another company owned by Wong, Nanyang Learning Holdings – for non-payment of pensions.

It then emerged in late May that Contineo had left its Ubi Avenue office with furnishings auctioned off by the CPF Board.

Nevertheless, the 2018 TV awards are still being promoted, with entries now being handled by a company owned by Wong called Clarus Marketing, operating out of Mactaggart Road.

Nominations, which cost S$240, close on July 20.

The event is due to take place at the Suntec Exhibition Centre in December, but details of precise dates and ticket sales remain vague with bookings to be made available “at a later stage”.

The Singapore Government has already withdrawn its support from the 2018 awards, telling Mumbrella in May that the Infocomm Media Development Authority will no longer fund the event.

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