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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 News Cares" (無綫新聞 事事關心).
On 19 November 1967, TVB premiered its very first 2 News Report programmes, the evening News at 7:30 and Late News (22:30). On 16 November 1970, Noon News and News Headlines were also added into TVB Jade's schedule. On 1 November 1976, News at 7:30 was renamed News at 6:30 as the newscast moved back by one-hour. On 1 January 1968, the first Morning Talk and News programme, Morning Assembly, hosted by the news editor Edward Ho, From 19 April 1976 to 29 April 1977, the show was renamed Morning News Report. On 19 November 1980, the Nightly News at Ten was launched. On 6 September 1981, Good Morning Hong Kong premiered and currently airs from Monday to Saturday. On 19 November 1967, the first few male news anchors: David Lee, Josiah Lau, Chu Wai Tak, Stephen Shiu. On 2 January 1978, the first female first anchor Anite Yip debuted on TVB News. On 4 January 1988, all news programmes on both TVB Jade and Pearl updated their opening sequence with the day's date and the headline sequences. On 1 January 1980, Cantonese subtitles were introduced. On 3 January 1983, TVB News News at 9:30 added subtitles and was renamed News File in 1985. News File ended on 14 May 1993. On Monday, 2 September 1996, computer subtitles was reintroduced and it has remain ever since. On 21 September 2003, TVB and its news department, along with other divisions moved to TVB City at Tseung Kwan O. Subtitles was also included on TVB Pearl on 17 October 2006.
On 13 July 2008, TVB News programmes started broadcasting in 16:9. On 2 February 2009, TVB News programmes started in High Definition permanently. On 30 June 2012, TVB iNews converted from Standard Definition to High Definition, News ticker was also modified to fit the HDTV screens and News Titles for iNews was also updated.
On 27 August 2012, tvb.com began to include more News, Finance, Weather and Information in its website.
On 15 November 2012, Weather Report began broadcasting in high definition and in subtitles for the first time. On 1 January 2013, TVB Jade, TVB HD Jade, TVB iNews and TVB Pearl modified their subtitles to fit into high definition.
On 20 May 2013, TVB iNews remodified their schedules and broadcast the news programmes live and continuously in high definition.
On 14 July 2013, TVB News updated their opening sequences to make it more realistic. On Sunday, 1 June 2014, TVB News' main news studio were given a major revamp as well as the new titles for all of its news programmes and subtitles. Good Morning Hong Kong also updated its opening sequences on Monday, 9 June 2014.
On 22 February 2016, Putonghua News moved to TVB J5.
Broadcasting and Production
TVB News Time Schedule the months anchors, first news report from Monday to Friday or Saturday & Sunday don't anchors, News at 6:30, News at 7 and News at 7:30 male and female two presenters, Good Morning Hong Kong news and finance two presenters, and other programmes. Except Noon News, Monday to Friday News at 6:30 and News at 7, TVB Jade and TVB HD Jade main news with sports anchors. TVB iNews and TVBN Main News at 8 Hong Kong Stock Exchange with Finance anchors and everyday sports anchors, and other programmes. On 2 February 2009, TVB News focus changed Monday to Friday News Roundup, broadcast added special, first anchors, added focus report and first broadcasting television. Live, reporter changed head, added or anchors. In March 2015, Luk Hon-tak, former director-general of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), became the managing editor of TVB News in charge of political news stories.
TVB Jade newscasts
|Programme||Airtime||Day||On News Channel|
|Good Morning Hong Kong||香港早晨||06:30||08:55||Mon-Sat||Yes|
|Inside the Stock Exchange||交易現場||09:00||09:30||Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchange Trading Day||No|
|09:45||Hong Kong Stock Exchange Trading Day|
|Financial News||財經新聞||17:50||17:55||Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchange Trading Day|
|News at 6:30||6點半新聞報道||18:30||18:55||Daily||No|
|International News File||環球新聞檔案||07:40||07:45||Mon-Sat|
TVB Pearl newscasts
|Inside the Stock Exchange||Putonghua||10:30||(30-minute duration)||Hong Kong Stock
Exchange Trading Day
|11:30, 14:00, 15:58||(2–3-minute duration)|
|Putonghua Financial Report||18:15||18:20||Mon-Fri|
|Putonghua Weather Report||18:20||18:25||Mon-Fri|
|News at 7:30||19:30||19:50||Daily|
|News Headlines||21:30||(1 to 2-minute duration)||Daily|
|World Market Update||23:30||23:35||Mon-Fri|
|Varies start time between
23:30 to 00:45
|The Pearl Report||20:00||20:30||Monday|
All newscasts on TVB Jade are in Cantonese; Putonghua Financial Report is in Mandarin. The newscasts on TVB Pearl are in English while newscasts on TVB J5 are 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) or News Daily (TVB Pearl). 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 21:00.
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, the News at 7:30 on TVB Pearl and Putonghua News on TVB J5. They are famous for Freddy (天氣先生), a cartoon figure which gives the forecast for the next day. The highly stylised and comical format is considered an institution, and is widely recognised 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, 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). In 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.
|seven plainclothes policemen beating up a handcuffed protester|
During the 2014 protests, TVB's broadcast of footage of seven police officers beating a protester on 15 October resulted in significant internal conflict during the broadcast. The pre-dawn broadcasts soundtrack which mentioned "punching and kicking" was re-recorded, and later bulletins said that the officers were "suspected of using excessive force". TVB director Keith Yuen questioned what grounds lead the footage to say "officers dragged him to a dark corner, and punched and kicked him"? Ho Wing-hong, the assistant supervisor of the news-gathering team responsible for the footage, was immediately demoted to Chief Researcher, a post with only a part-time subordinate. Many journalists expressed their dissatisfaction with the handling of the broadcast, and some 80 TVB staff from all departments objecting to the handling sent a petition to management. After several of its reporters were assaulted by activists attending a pro-Beijing rally, over 340 station employees put their names to a petition condemning the violence. A director of production in the non-drama department ordered all petitioners to a meeting with their supervisors, where the employees were asked to remove their signature or jeopardise their year end bonuses. In March 2015, Luk Hon-tak's appointment as the managing editor of TVB News in charge of political news stories caused some concern. Although news director Keith Yuen maintained that there were no political considerations in Luk’s appointment, some TVB News staff are questioning the unusual appointment and the political nature of the role. They pointed to Luk's strongly pro-establishment background, as most of the senior management posts were filled by internal promotion. There was an exodus of in late February when at least seven journalists, including Ho Wing-hong, tendered their resignations.
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