The Hong Kong Communications Authority has imposed a fine of HK$900,000 on free-to-air broadcaster TVB, for including unreasonable contract terms in its agreements with actors and singers. Investigations into TVB’s agreements with its partners, were commenced in 2010, following a complaint by rival station ATV. The Authority found that TVB had abused its dominant market position to prevent competition. One of the peculiar aspects of this case, was that the Authority found that TVB put pressure on actors and singers to only speak Mandarin or English in press conferences and other public engagements, and that if they were found to be speaking Cantonese, it could lead to retaliation from TVB. It is understood that TVB is considering appealing the decision of the Hong Kong Communications Authority.
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