Creation TV - Angels Love Hong Kong Parade

Creation TV - Angels Love Hong Kong Parade
Speech by Mr Darwin Chen, Chairman of Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Date: July 7, 2002
Venue: Tamar Site, Central

Mr Andrew Yuen, Mr Samuel Tsang, honourable guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to be here today, sharing with all of you the joy of the establishment of "Creation TV" -- a TV channel dedicated to promote love and caring among the people of Hong Kong.

The economic downturn in recent years has led to a widespread depression in our community. Hence, it is all the more commendable and estimable that in such prevalent negativism, the Media Evangelism Limited sets up The Creation TV to disseminate positive messages of resilience and mutual support to the general public.

Under the existing Broadcasting Ordinance, commercial TV stations are obliged to broadcast at least 30 minutes of arts and cultural programmes every week. However, it is far from adequate. Television is one of the most influential media. Besides providing daily entertainment, it is also an effective channel to educate the public. Dedicated to the promotion of local arts development, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council is pleased to learn that the Creation TV will be in operation by the end of this year, providing an alternative to the general public. We also look forward to cooperate with the Creation TV in providing quality arts and cultural programmes to the public.

Since the establishment of the Arts Development Council in 1995, we have been committed wholeheartedly to promote and support a broad development of arts in Hong Kong. Last year, we initiated a Three-Year Plan to forge strategic partnership with different sectors of the society, with an aim to bring arts closer to the community and, at the same time, to create a favourable environment for artistic pursuit. Besides lobbying the mass media to devote more resources and airtime for cultural programmes, we also produced a TV series on arts education last year which was aired in one of the commercial TV stations and the response was more than satisfactory. It proves that there is a substantive demand for cultural programmes, which media should consider further exploring and developing.

Last but not least, may I wish the Creation TV a bright and successful future in providing quality TV programmes for local viewers. Thank you.