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HK Television Network Ltd v The Chief Executive in Council
HK Court of First Instance, 24-Apr-2015
A victory for common sense and free market competition. HKTV successfully challenges the Government's decision to reject its TV license application; the court holds that the "gradual and orderly approach" adopted by the CE contradicted the stated policy of having no cap on the number of licensees, and HKTV had a legitimate expectation that this policy would be followed. There is one error in para 25: A new CE was not elected in July 2012. That is when he took office.
LegCo Question: why are those TV licenses taking so long?
HK Government, 7-Nov-2012
"The CE in Council is now processing the recommendations in a prudent manner. The outcome will be announced as soon as possible after a decision is made by the CE in Council."
Legco Question: why are those TV licences taking so long?
HK Government, 17-Oct-2012
"The Administration is now processing the applications in a prudent manner and will announce the outcome as soon as possible after a decision is made by the CE in Council."
Asia Television Ltd v CE in Council
HK Court of First Instance, 6-Mar-2012
TV licensing in HK: what a mess
HK Government, 11-Jan-2012
Unlike cellphone networks, TV stations don't have to bid for their radio spectrum, and can squat on it with only cursory reviews. The Chief Executive of HK decides who should be allowed to broadcast. Let the market decide instead.

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