House News

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House News
Web address TheHouseNews.com
Created by Leung Man Tao, Tony Tsoi, Simon Lau, Greg Sung
Launched July 2012
Current status Closed 26 July 2014

House News (Chinese: 主場新聞) was a Hong Kong news website, content aggregator, and blog founded by Simon Lau, Tony Tsoi, Man-Tao Leung, Simon Lau and Greg Sung,[1][2] featuring columnists and various news sources. The site offers news, blogs, and original content, and covers politics, business, lifestyle, culture, nature, technology, media, and local news.

History[edit]

Launch[edit]

The site was launched on 6 July 2012, through Facebook, with the website going live on 28 July, in time for the successful protest against Hong Kong Moral and National Education the following day, which promoted Chinese political values and pro-Communist regime. On 28 August, the site launched an 'Election Dashboard' for the 2012 legislative elections.

Closure[edit]

On 26 July 2014, 17:06 (GMT +8), an announcement written by the founder Tony Tsoi was posted on Facebook, indicating an instant cessation of services of the website[3] and the site now simply displays a closure announcement.[4] The reasons given for closure were:

  • Hong Kong has changed in such a way that being a normal citizen or a normal news medium or doing good for society is very scary and difficult to sustain.
  • Tony Tsoi and his family is under political pressure and he is particularly fearful whenever crossing the border into China which is necessary in looking after his business interests on the mainland.
  • Despite unique visitors to House News in June 2014 topping 300 thousand, advertising revenues have been weak as the site has been shunned by many potential advertisers for political reasons. Consequently, there was little hope of it achieving break-even.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "關於我們". The House News. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  2. ^ "劉細良梁文道有新搞作". 明報. 2012-07-10. 
  3. ^ Tsoi, T. (26 July 2014) 給關心主場新聞的人. Facebook. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/thehousenews/posts/551166598320991
  4. ^ 蔡東豪 (2014-07-26). "House News 主場新聞" (in Chinese). House News 主場新聞. Archived from the original on 2014-07-26. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 

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