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TVB News (Chinese: 無綫新聞), formally known as the News and Information Division (新聞及資訊部), is the newsgathering arm of Hong Kong's Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB). Its slogan is "TVB Cares" (無綫新聞 事事關心).
TVB Jade/HD Jade newscasts
For the column "Channel",
"Jade": program broadcast on TVB Jade only;
"hdJ": program broadcast on TVB HD Jade only;
"Simulcast": program broadcast on both channels at the same time;
"On News Channel": program is also broadcast on TVBN and iNews.
|Program||Airtime||Day||Channel||On News Channel|
|Good Morning Hong Kong||香港早晨||6:30am||8:55am||Mon-Sat||Jade||Yes|
|Inside the Stock Exchange||交易現場||9:00am||9:45am||Hong Kong
|News Headlines||新聞提要||10:10am||(2 minutes
|Noon News||午間新聞||1:00pm||1:15pm||Mon-Fri||Simulcast||No (except public holidays)|
|News at 6:30||六點半新聞報道||6:30pm||6:55pm||Mon-Fri||Jade||Yes|
|News at 7||七點新聞報道||7:00pm||7:20pm||Mon-Fri||hdJ||No|
TVB Pearl newscasts
|Inside the Stock Exchange||Putonghua||10:30am||(30 minute duration)||Hong Kong Stock
Exchange Trading Day
|11:30am, 2:00pm, 3:58pm||(2-3 minute duration)|
|Putonghua Financial Report||6:15pm||6:20pm||Mon-Fri|
|Putonghua Weather Report||6:20pm||6:25pm||Mon-Fri|
|News at 7:30||7:30pm||7:50pm||Daily|
|News Headlines||9:30pm||(1 to 2 minute duration)||Daily|
|World Market Update||11:30pm||11:35pm||Mon-Fri|
|Varies start time between
11:30pm to 12:45am
|(15 minute duration)||Fri-Sun|
|The Pearl Report||8:00pm||8:30pm||Monday|
All newscasts on TVB Jade are in Cantonese, Putonghua Financial Report, which is in Mandarin. Good Morning Hong Kong and Putonghua Financial Report, and other business newscasts are seen on weekdays. Also, programmes have in-vision captions for the hearing impaired, as mandated by local regulations (this was originally only used on the Jade version's News File, 新聞簡報). In the past, both channels aired a 5-minute News File, giving the top headlines of the day and a preview of the News Roundup; it usually aired at various times around 9:00pm.
The starting sequence of the news features the sound of the Morse code signal for "NEWS TODAY" (
-· · ·-- ··· - --- -·· ·- -·--), with the pitch at about 1700 Hz.
Standalone weather reports are aired after the News at 6:30 on TVB Jade and the News at 7:30 on TVB Pearl. They are famous for Freddy (天氣先生), a cartoon figure which gives the forecast for the next day. The highly stylized and comical format is considered an institution, and is widely recognized by many Hong Kong people. (The rest of the weather forecast is read by an actual human presenter.)
After the news and/or weather is presented, Earth Live usually follows afterwards, which is produced by earthTV. However, not all newscasts on TVB Jade are not followed by that programme, but will instead return to the current programme. The only exception is Good Morning Hong Kong, which would air Earth Live first, then immediately start the morning news. Earth Live also airs a couple more times during their morning news programme.
Investigative reports and extended news stories are often shown on three programmes: Sunday Report (星期日檔案) and News Magazine (新聞透視) on TVB Jade, and The Pearl Report (明珠檔案) on TVB Pearl. Sunday Report and The Pearl Report focus more on stories involving individuals and has a softer approach, while News Magazine focuses more on social problems in general.
Additionally, TVB's news department is also responsible for the output on the 24-hour news channel, TVBN (無綫新聞台), carried on the pay TV platform TVB Pay Vision (無綫收費電視) and iNews (互動新聞台) (Start from 11 November 2008) on HK Digital TV Broadcast (Channel 83). On June 2006, another news channel, TVBN 2 (無綫新聞2台), will also be carried on the pay TV platform TVB Pay Vision.
Due to the reporting, or lack thereof, of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, and many other incidents where TVB ignored to report news that concerning its own interests, internet forum users have labelled TVB "CCTVB". During one live broadcast at the event of the 20th Anniversary gathering to commemorate the Tiananmen incident, a man raised a sign that reads in Chinese "無線新聞 事事旦旦", which mocks TVB, saying that they do not care. The camera shifted away quickly during the broadcast, and ever since then, camera crews have reacted to possible sign-bearers by pointing the camera away during takes. In replays of the said footage, the portion where the sign was visible was cut.