CHINA MEDIA HANDBOOK: Hong Kong newspapers, television, radio and blogs

 

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Hong Kong, with a population of just over 7 million living on just 1,100 square kilometers, is one of the world’s most densly populated cities.  And with over 20 newspapers and tabloids, Hong Kong has one of the highest newspaper-to-resident ratios of major cities worldwide.  Hong Kong is home also to numerous television stations and radio stations broadcasting in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and for those inclined to reading blogs, the city is home to hundreds of blogs covering everything from finance to food.  Below is a smattering of some Hong Kong newspapers, television stations, radio stations and blogs.

I. Newspapers

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Ta Kung Pao, from 1902/6/17
Ta Kung Pao is the oldest active Chinese language newspaper in China. Widely regarded as the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, it covers a range of political, economic and cultural topics.

South China Morning Post, from 1903/11/6
The South China Morning Post is an English newspaper with a circulation of 104,000. It is now the most influential English newspaper in East Asia.

Sing Tao Daily, from 1938/8/1
The Sing Tao Daily is Hong Kong’s second largest Chinese language newspaper. It is the newspaper of choice for the middle class, who demand more high-brow content. Sing Tao Daily also targets students by offering them discounted subscriptions. The Sing Tao has a pro-government history.

Wen Wei Po, from 1948/9/9
Wen Wei Po aims to support the People’s Republic of China and delivers the latest developments from mainland China to Hong Kong readers.

Ming Pao, from 1959/5/20
Ming Pao was founded by the notable Chinese swordman and novelist Louis Cha. According to a Media Credibility Survey conducted by Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006, Ming Pao was selected as the most credible Chinese language newspaper. It aims to provide comprehensive and accurate reports on political and economic issues in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Apple Daily, from 1995/6/20
Apple Daily is Hong Kong’s second best-selling newspaper. It is famous for its concentration on celebrity coverage, brash news style, sensationalist news reporting and anti-government political positions. Its name comes from the saying, “if Adam and Eve didn’t eat the apple, there would be no evil or wrongdoings in this world, which made news a non-existing term.” As a result of the publication’s unrelenting stance on economic and political freedom, it is banned in mainland China.

Metropolis Daily, from 2002/4/15
Metropolis Daily is the Hong Kong edition of Metro (Metro International). This free paper is distributed at 49 Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations, making it the third largest daily newspaper in Hong Kong.

The Standard, from 2007/9/10
The Standard is Hong Kong’s first and only free English newspaper, with a daily circulation of 200,000.

II. Television

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Asia Television Limited (ATV), from 1957/5/29
One of two free-to-air television broadcasters in Hong Kong, ATV was the first television station in Hong Kong and is home to ATV World (English). ATV World’s most famous English news program is the “Main News and Weather Report at 7:30.” The station features other original news programs including The Late News, ATV Newsline (a discussion show), and ATV Inside Story (a topical magazine show). The majority of the station’s original programming is in Cantonese.

Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), from 1967
The first free-to-air television broadcaster in Hong Kong, TVB is home to TVB Pearl, the archrival of Asia Television Limited’s ATV World. Primarily broadcast in English, TVB Pearl boasts five original programs in addition to a wide variety of internationally-produced shows including The Pearl Report, Money Magazine, Dolce Vita, News at 7:30 and Sports Live. The Pearl Report is an English-language investigative report and extended news story program. TVB Pearl is one of five free stations operated out of Hong Kong.

Cable TV Hong Kong, from 1993/10/31
The first subscription television service provider in Hong Kong, HKCTV offers a number of news and entertainment programs through more than 100 pay channels; of these channels, 54 are produced by HKCTV. HKCTV offers five local news stations (channels 6-10) and airs programming from CNNI, BBC World, CNBC Asia, CCTV, and Phoenix InfoNews.

Phoenix InfoNews, from 2001/1/1
One of five channels operated by Phoenix Television, InfoNews was the first channel to provide news across Greater China, including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan. The news channel offers six original news programs: Good Morning China, Asian Journal, News at 12:00 PM, China News Live, Phoenix Focus, and Showbiz Repo.

III. Radio

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Radio Television Hong Kong, from 1928/6
Radio Television Hong Kong is a group of seven channels (Channels 1-6, Putonghua), publicly funded by the Hong Kong Government.  The channels broadcast on the following frequencies: Channel 1 – FM 92.6, FM 94.4; Channel 2 – FM 94.8, FM 96.9; Channel 3 – AM 567, AM 1584, FM 97.9, FM 106.8, FM 107.8; Channel 4 – FM 97.6, FM 98.9; Channel 5 – AM 783, FM 99.4, Fm 106.8; Channel 6 – AM 675; Putonghua – AM 621, FM 100.9, Fm 103.3.  Channels 1, 2, and 5 broadcast in Cantonese, Channels 2, 3, and 6 in English, and Putonghua broadcasts in Mandarin.  The channels offer a wide variety of programming from classical music to comedy to sports to general news to popular music.

Commercial Radio Hong Kong, from 1959/8/26
Commercial Radio Hong Kong covers entertainment, arts, current affairs, world news, financial news, weather and traffic.  It broadcasts in Cantonese on FM 88.1 and FM 90.3, and in English on AM 864.  FM 88.1 focuses on news, while FM 90.3 plays largely popular music; AM 864 plays mainly music, with hourly breaks for news.

Metro Broadcast Corporation, from 1990
Metro Broadcast Corporation consists of one general (Metro plus) and two specialized (Metro finance, Metro showbiz) channels.  Metro finance broadcasts on FM 104, Metro showbiz on FM 99.7, and Metro plus on AM 1044.

IV. Blogs

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Business:    The Millenium Adventure
Billionaire Jim Rodgers blogs on business news pertaining to Hong Kong, Mainland China and beyond.

Fashion:    Hong Kong Fashion Geek
The team of bloggers responsible for the site’s content write on the latest and hottest clothing and home decorating trends.

Food:    Hong Kong Food Blog
Features mouthwatering pictures of Hong Kong cuisines, many accompanied by recipes!

Politics:    Sun Bin
Comprehensive and wide-ranging Hong Kong blog on Chinese politics, business and economics.  Includes an impressive array of multimedia content.

Travel:    Take A Ride To Hong Kong
Take a Ride to Hong Kong uses a mix of Google maps, video and pictures to pique visitors’ interests in traveling in and around Hong Kong.

– Benjamin Gottlieb, Shuze Chen and Andrew McIntyre contributed to this handbook

About Andrew McIntyre

Andrew McIntyre is Deputy Editor for U.S.-China Today. He received a B.A. (Music) from Emory University and an M.M. (Music Theory) from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has previously taught at Tangshan Oriental Bilingual School, Communication University of China, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He is currently a Dean’s Scholar, Teaching Assistant, and M.A. student (Print Journalism) at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
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