Whatever the government is trying to do in its Hong Kong broadcasting policies, the end result has been a mess. Under Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s administration, the 59-year old Asia Television finally died last year after prolonged deterioration and the, er, ‘interesting’ spell of control by mainland entities. In 2013, against much public resistance, the government refused to grant a free-TV license to Ricky Wong’s HKTV. And now there’s news that another established television station, i-Cable, could soon be gone. Our producer Liz Yuen was at the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market, or Filmart, to find out to what extent is the television industry entering the Internet Age and whether professionals embrace that shift or avoid revolutionary changes. With us are Takahiro Hamano, senior producer of The Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK, and Joe Suteestarpon, who started Doonee, a subscription video-on-demand provider.
On Wednesday, the annual “Two Sessions” meetings of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the National People’s Congress, drew to a close. Our producer Lily Ng was in Beijing for those meetings. Later in the show she looks at what government’s plans could mean for foreign businesses operating in China. And then there’s another issue, discussed during these meetings, that strikes closer to home: it concerns Hong Kong children and that tricky matter of the national education curriculum.
Well, after Trump and Brexit, and in the face of populist threats in upcoming elections in France and Germany, the usually unnoticed elections in the Netherlands became a matter of global attention. Voters turned away from populism and racism as Conservative Prime Minister Mark Ruttee managed to hold on to his position in the face of a strong challenge from his anti-immigration rival Geert Wilders. And the biggest gains went to the environmentalist GreenLeft. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, the courts blocked President Trump’s second attempt at an anti-Muslim travel ban. Perhaps then this was a slightly less depressing week for the non-xenophobes.