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Mediacorp ‘very concerned’ over Asian TV Awards legal drama and ‘reviews participation’ at event

Mediacorp is reviewing its participation of the Asian TV Awards following revelations surrounding the organiser of the event, Raymond Wong.

The media firm said it is “very concerned” after Mumbrella reported that Wong has been ordered to appear before Singapore’s High Court next month for an “examination“.

Mediacorp chief executive Tham Loke Kheng has also stepped down from the Asian TV Awards Advisory Board amid the controversy.

The developments follow news that Wong, the media boss behind the Asian Television Awards for several years, will be quizzed in Singapore’s High Court after failing to pay a single dollar of the near-$300,000 he owes ActiveTV, the production company that worked on the 2017 awards.

In a statement to Mumbrella, Mediacorp said: “We are committed to encouraging strong working relationships between companies as well as fair and progressive business practices that support the success of stakeholders across our creative ecosystem.

“We are very concerned about what has been reported of the business dealings around ATA and will need to review our participation.”

Raymond Wong

The statement was later updated, with Mediacorp confirming its CEO would step down.

“As questions about the business dealings around ATA persist, Loke Kheng is relinquishing her position on the ATA advisory board,” it said.

ActiveTV launched legal action against Wong after invoices went unpaid. In May, a court ruled in ActiveTV’s 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.

Losing Mediacorp’s participation would be a major blow for the awards. Last year it received 45 nominations across 24 categories.

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