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Television Broadcasts Limited, commonly known as TVB, was the first wireless commercial television station in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
and commenced broadcasting on 19 November 1967. The company was registered on 26 July 1965[1] and was co-founded by Sir Run Run Shaw, who was chairman from 1980 to 2011, together with Sir Douglas Clague
Sir Douglas Clague
and Harold Lee Hsiao-wo of the Lee Hysan family. [2] It has a staff of about 4,200 and TVB's headquarters ( Hong Kong
Hong Kong
TVB
TVB
City) is Asia's largest commercial television production centre. TVB
TVB
currently runs five free-to-air television channels in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
and is one of the largest commercial Chinese programme producers in the world. When TVB
TVB
first began broadcasting it was commonly known as "Wireless Television" (無綫電視 Cantonese: mou4 sin3 din6 si6) in Chinese to distinguish it from the then cable television broadcaster, Rediffusion Television (麗的呼聲), which later became ATV. It is still usually referred to with that name, although ATV later switched to "wireless" broadcasting as well and now there are other "wireless" broadcasters in Hong Kong. TVB
TVB
currently operates five free channels in Hong Kong: TVB
TVB
Jade (Cantonese) and TVB Pearl (English) are TVB's flagship television channels, and both are available on analogue and digital. J2, TVB
TVB
News Channel and TVB
TVB
Finance & Information Channel are digital-only channels. TVB
TVB
also operates myTV SUPER and TVB Anywhere
TVB Anywhere
as its pay-tv service, and has a package of channels known as TVB
TVB
Network Vision, which are carried by PCCW's NowTV service. TVB
TVB
reaches out to the Overseas Chinese
Overseas Chinese
communities. Its productions are available in Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, among others, on channels such as TVB's own TVB-Europe [1] subscription satellite service.[3] In Taiwan, TVB operates through its TVBS
TVBS
subsidiary. Many of Hong Kong's film and pop stars started their careers at the station through drama series produced by TVB. Special
Special
TVB
TVB
events such as the annual TVB
TVB
Anniversary Celebration are broadcast to planetary audience. TVB
TVB
also runs talent programmes such as the annual Miss Hong Kong and Miss Chinese International beauty pageants. Successful contestants may be offered TVB's contracts and represent Hong Kong
Hong Kong
to take part at world-class beauty contests, including the Miss World Pageant.

Contents

1 Development 2 Location 3 News operation 4 Notable shows from TVB 5 Corruption probe 6 Channel list

6.1 Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Free-to-air 6.2 MyTV SUPER 6.3 International 6.4 Malaysia

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Development[edit]

TVB
TVB
dominates most of the television market in Hong Kong, but it is not considered the powerhouse it used to be. It started in 1965 as a competitor to what was then called Rediffusion Television, later become ATV, a cable operator that charged subscription fees for its operation, and the only terrestrial competitor to TVB. One of the first shows launched was Enjoy Yourself Tonight
Enjoy Yourself Tonight
歡樂今宵 in 1967. TVB
TVB
receives praise for its programming from a wide range of demographics, including the middle class, as was the case with its 2004 historical drama series War and Beauty. Its programme line-up features a steady stream of soap operas, variety shows and other populist fare. TVB
TVB
has been criticised for signing exclusive contracts with many local celebrities which restrict them from appearing on other local television stations. Hong Kong's Cable T.V. claims it is unfair competition (although Asia Television, another major television station in Hong Kong, disagrees). In fact, many artists do not have exclusive contracts with TVB
TVB
and are free to show up in programmes produced by other local television stations or out-sourcing production houses. The annual TVB
TVB
Music Awards ceremony is one of the biggest for Cantopop
Cantopop
personalities. It is widely rumoured that TVB
TVB
distributes the awards to those who are obedient to the company's demands, and the Independent Commission Against Corruption has investigated the arrangement of the awards.[4] It ruled that three TVB
TVB
staff members under scrutiny were not guilty. Afterwards, TVB
TVB
reformed its music programmes in a bid to reestablish their authority.[5] On the other hand, TVB
TVB
was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters's (NAB) International Broadcasting Excellence Award in 2001. The award recognised the company's outstanding contributions to the community through a wide range of charitable programmes and activities. Hong Kong
Hong Kong
thus becomes the first city in Asia to receive this prestigious award in this area.[6] In 2005, TVB, in association with the Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Jockey Club, organised the biggest fund-raising campaign in the company's history in response to South-East Asia's devastating tsunami. It raised over one hundred million Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Dollars to assist those affected. In 2000, TVB
TVB
Australia was established for the Australian market with a 17 channel (14 Chinese and 3 Vietnamese Channel) satellite service. Which has over 25,000 households and over 1,500 commercial outlets with an audience of over 130,000 daily. From 31 March 2008, TVBS-Europe launched their "Multi-channel" package in Europe. It consists of 5 different channels which include the existing TVBS-Europe Channel plus the addition of TVBN, TVB Entertainment News, TVB
TVB
Classic and TVB
TVB
Lifestyle.[7]

Location[edit]

TVB
TVB
Clear Water Bay
Clear Water Bay
headquarters in 2002

TVB City
TVB City
in Tseung Kwan O

TVB
TVB
was originally located on Broadcast Drive
Broadcast Drive
in Kowloon
Kowloon
Tong, and was neighbours with RTHK
RTHK
and ATV. By the late 1980s, the company had out-grown the facility at Broadcast Drive, and built a new studio complex, named T.V. City, at 220 Clear Water Bay
Clear Water Bay
Road in November 1988.[8] The first TVB City
TVB City
was in fact the old Shaw Movie Town complex used by Shaw Brothers
Shaw Brothers
since 1958. The old Broadcast Drive headquarters was later converted into apartments. The first TVB
TVB
City is now used by Celestial Pictures. To cope with future development and expansion, TVB
TVB
began planning in 1998 to develop a replacement facility at the Tseung Kwan O
Tseung Kwan O
Industrial Estate. The new HK$2.2 billion TVB City
TVB City
came into full operation in October 2003. The new headquarters are built on by far the largest piece of land ever leased by the then Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Industrial Estates Corporation and the first service-providing company in the area. It has a building area of over 110,000 square metres, 30% more than that of the previous facilities at Clear Water Bay. Studio 1 in TVB
TVB
City, which can seat an audience of six hundred and thirty, is the largest television production studio among commercial television stations in Asia.[9] News operation[edit] Main article: TVB
TVB
News TVB
TVB
broadcasts several news programmes, such as News at 6:30 (Jade) and News at 7:30 (Pearl). It also operates its own news channel, TVBN. (Chinese: TVB新聞台; Cantonese
Cantonese
Yale: TVB
TVB
san man toi) and TVBN2 (Chinese: TVB新聞2台; Cantonese
Cantonese
Yale: TVB
TVB
san man ji toi), through TVB Network Vision (Chinese: 無綫網絡電視; Cantonese
Cantonese
Yale: mou sin sau fai din si). Notable shows from TVB[edit] Main article: List of television programmes broadcast by TVB

Enjoy Yourself Tonight
Enjoy Yourself Tonight
or EYT (1967–1994), a long-running variety show which has been compared with the American Saturday Night Live. The Bund (1980), starring Chow Yun-fat. The drama was a success throughout Asia, inspiring several television and film adaptations. The Legend of the Condor Heroes
Legend of the Condor Heroes
(1983), a serial adaptation of Louis Cha's wuxia novel of the same name, starring Felix Wong
Felix Wong
and Barbara Yung. The Return of the Condor Heroes (1983), sequel to The Legend of the Condor Heroes, is a serial adaptation of Louis Cha's wuxia novel of the same name, starring Andy Lau
Andy Lau
and Idy Chan. Looking Back in Anger
Looking Back in Anger
(1989), is a tragic serial drama starring Felix Wong, Deric Wan, and Carina Lau. It is the most-watched Hong Kong drama in the Greater China
Greater China
region. The Greed of Man
The Greed of Man
(1992), starring Adam Cheng
Adam Cheng
and Sean Lau. Its original broadcast heavily impacted international stockbrokers, creating the phenomenon known as the Ting Hai effect. The File
File
of Justice series (1992–1997) was a popular legal drama series, spanning five seasons. It is regarded by some as the Hong Kong version of the American Law & Order. A Kindred Spirit
A Kindred Spirit
(1995–1999), the second longest-running drama series in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
television history. Super Trio Series
Super Trio Series
(1995–present), a popular variety game show. Journey to the West (1996) was one of the few TVB Jade programmes to be dubbed in English and rebroadcast on TVB
TVB
Pearl. Old Time Buddy
Old Time Buddy
(1997), a comedy-drama that satires Hong Kong's filming industry in the 1960s. It was the first drama to win "Best Drama" at the inaugural TVB
TVB
Anniversary Awards. Secret of the Heart
Secret of the Heart
(1998), a soap opera that popularised relationship triangles in serial dramas. The Armed Reaction
Armed Reaction
series (1998–2004) was a popular crime drama series dealing with discrimination women face within the police force. The series spanned four seasons. The Healing Hands
Healing Hands
series (1998–2005) was a popular medical drama series known for its remarkable medical accuracy. It is commonly known as Hong Kong's version of America's ER. The first season yielded "Best Drama" award in 1998. At the Threshold of an Era
At the Threshold of an Era
(1999–2000) is an epic drama featuring a large ensemble cast. It is TVB's second most expensive drama to date. War of the Genders (2000), a sitcom starring Carol Cheng and Dayo Wong, is considered by many as TVB's most critically acclaimed sitcom. It held the title as TVB's highest-rated drama (49 points) until the broadcast of Korea's Jewel in the Palace
Jewel in the Palace
in 2005. Cheng won "Best Actress" for her role. Virtues of Harmony
Virtues of Harmony
(2001–2005) is one of the longest running sitcoms in Hong Kong, yielding two seasons – a historical costume series with a modern-day spin-off. Square Pegs (2003), a drama serial starring Roger Kwok, depicts the life of a mentally-retarded young man. It received an average viewership rating of 37 points, the highest in TVB's broadcast history. Kwok also won "Best Actor" for his role. A second series was released in 2005, yielding Kwok his second "Best Actor" award. Triumph in the Skies
Triumph in the Skies
(2003) and Triumph in the Skies
Triumph in the Skies
II (2013), a drama series revolving around the staff and pilots working for Solar Airways, a fictional version of Cathay Pacific. Triumph in the Skies was also adapted into a motion picture. War and Beauty
War and Beauty
(2004), a costume drama serial that focuses on four concubines of the Jiaqing Emperor. The series popularised historical palace harem dramas. Moonlight Resonance
Moonlight Resonance
(2008), the sister production of Heart of Greed (2007). The drama peaked to 50 points, one of the highest in Hong Kong television history. EU (2009), the third season of The Academy series. Michael Tse's character, Laughing Gor, inspired one film spin-off and one sequel television series. Rosy Business
Rosy Business
(2009), award-winning costume drama, swept the 2009 TVB Anniversary Awards in almost all major categories. Beyond the Realm of Conscience
Beyond the Realm of Conscience
(2009), a costume period drama that peaked to 50 points, one of the highest in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
television history. When Heaven Burns
When Heaven Burns
(2011), "Best Drama" winner at the 2012 TVB Anniversary Awards. Despite its critical acclaim, it is one of the lowest-rated series in television history. The last few episodes were also banned in Mainland China
Mainland China
due to references of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Line Walker
Line Walker
(2014), a crime drama that spawned one film sequel and a television series prequel. It is the most-viewed Hong Kong
Hong Kong
drama in Mainland China, with over 2 billion views on Youku. A Fist Within Four Walls
A Fist Within Four Walls
(2016), a martial arts drama set in Kowloon Walled City that won Best TVB
TVB
Drama at all the award presentations, with many of the cast from A Fist Within Four Walls
A Fist Within Four Walls
winning awards. It swept the TVB
TVB
2016 Award Presentation with 5 awards: My Favourite TVB Female Character, My Favourite TVB
TVB
Male Character, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Drama Series. ‘’ Legal Mavericks (2017) Swept TVB
TVB
Starhub Awards 2017

Corruption probe[edit] Main article: 2010 TVB
TVB
corruption scandal On 11 March 2010, the general manager Stephen Chan Chi Wan
Stephen Chan Chi Wan
and four others were arrested on corruption charges by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). TVB
TVB
confirmed that three of their employees were involved, and that their duties and work had been suspended pending further development. Stephen Chan Chi Wan
Stephen Chan Chi Wan
was charged with corruption in September 2010 with TVB
TVB
declining to comment on the situation.[10] Stephen Chan and his co-accused were acquitted by a court in September 2011.[11] Channel list[edit] Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Free-to-air[edit]

TVB Jade (Channel 81) TVB J2 (Channel 82) TVB News Channel (Channel 83) TVB Pearl (Channel 84) TVB
TVB
Finance & Information Channel (Channel 85)

MyTV SUPER[edit] TVB Network Vision ceased its service since 1 June 2017[12], and the OTT platform named MyTV SUPER (expanded from MyTV and GOTV) replace TVB Network Vision to provide the paid television service. In addition, the company name of " TVB
TVB
Network Vision" became "Big Big Channel".

TVB
TVB
Classic (Channel 86)[13] Korean Drama (Channel 87)[14] Japanese Drama (Channel 88)[15] Chinese Drama (Channel 89)[16] Asian Select (Channel 90)[17] Entertainment News (Channel 91)[18] Asian Variety (Channel 92)[19] Food (Channel 93)[20] Sports (Channel 94)[21] Jade Catch Up (Channel 95)[22] Travel (Channel 96)[23] TVB
TVB
Radio (Channel 97)[24] Chinese Opera Channel (Channel 98)[25] Classic Movies (Channel 200)[26] TVBN 2 (Channel 700)[27]

International[edit]

TVB
TVB
Anywhere TVB8
TVB8
– broadcast in Mandarin TVB
TVB
Xing He TVBJ (Singapore & Indonesia version of TVB
TVB
Jade) TVB Jade (International version) TVB
TVB
Korea Channel Hub VV Drama (Singapore only, Selected TVB
TVB
Drama in Mandarin dubbed) Hub Drama First (Singapore only) Hub Cantonese
Cantonese
on Demand (Singapore only) TVB-Europe TVB
TVB
Entertainment News (International version) Asian Action Channel TVB
TVB
Vietnam (Vietnam only, own by SCTV9) Fairchild TV
Fairchild TV
(20% ownership; co-owned with Fairchild Group) Jadeworld TVB News Channel (International version)

Malaysia[edit] Co-owned by Astro:

305 TVB
TVB
Classic 310 Astro Wah Lai Toi HD 311 Astro Wah Lai Toi 313 TVB
TVB
Entertainment News 314 TVB
TVB
Xing He 317 TVBS-Asia 326 TVB Jade HD ( Malaysia
Malaysia
version) 327 Asian Action Channel 328 TVB
TVB
Classic Movies 350 Astro on Demand HD 351/353 Astro on Demand (8.30 pm drama) 361/363 Astro on Demand (9.30 pm drama)

Co-owned by unifi tv:

234 TVB8
TVB8
HD

See also[edit]

List of Chinese companies List of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
companies TVB
TVB
News HKTV

References[edit]

^ C.R. No:0011781(Television Broadcasts Limited)—The Cyber Search Centre of the Integrated Companies Registry Information System ^ "When Hong Kong
Hong Kong
was a colour TV pioneer, 26 November 2016 , Post Magazine". Retrieved 23 January 2018.  ^ "Corporate Info". TVBI Company Limited. 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2007.  ^ "Stars arrested over 'rigged' awards". BBC. 17 July 2003. Retrieved 6 November 2007.  Check date values in: year= / date= mismatch (help) ^ "舞影行動終止 何麗全曾國強陳家倫慶清白" (in Chinese). 金羊網. 21 January 2005. Retrieved 11 June 2007.  ^ "NAB International Broadcasting Excellence Award". National Association of Broadcasters. Archived from the original on 8 November 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2008.  ^ Chinese Channel Home Page ^ [ShawMovieTown Shaw Brothers
Shaw Brothers
History] ^ "Grand Opening of Television Broadcasts Limited's TVB City
TVB City
A Significant Milestone of the Broadcasting and Production Industry in Hong Kong". TVB. 10 December 2003. Retrieved 6 November 2007.  ^ MAK, Adrian Yau Kee (11 March 2010). "Announcement" (PDF). Television Broadcasts Limited. Retrieved 12 March 2010.  ^ " TVB
TVB
boss cleared in corruption case". RTHK. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2012.  ^ https://www.tvbnetworkvision.com/tc/ ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg

External links[edit]

TVB
TVB
official website (in Chinese) TVB
TVB
Vietnam official website (in Vietnamese) "List of Directors and their Roles and Functions announced on 20 May 2015" (PDF). TVB. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 

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Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB)

Free-to-air television

Cantonese

TVB
TVB
Jade TVB
TVB
J2 TVB News
TVB News
Channel

TVB
TVB
News

TVB
TVB
Finance & Information Channel

English

TVB
TVB
Pearl

Pay-TV service

Local (Hong Kong)

myTV SUPER

International

TVB
TVB
Anywhere

TVB
TVB
Europe

TVB
TVB
USA

Jadeworld (USA)

TVB
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Australia

Jadeworld (Australia)

Online video platform

myTV SUPER Big Big Channel

TVB
TVB
Network Vision

International channels

TVBI

TVB Jade (International) TVB News Channel (International) TVB
TVB
Finance & Information Channel (International) TVB
TVB
Korea Channel TVBJ (Singapore & Indonesia) TVB8 TVB
TVB
Classic (International) TVB
TVB
Vietnam TVB
TVB
Xing He TVB1 TVB2 TVBe

Cooperation channels

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Subsidiaries

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Music Limited

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