The media industry in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is home to important media producers and it also has a rising film industry. Newspapers, television and radio and various magazines base their operations in the city. Hong Kong offers real press freedom, protected by the Bill of Rights law. Hong Kong has publications both in English and in Chinese.
Investors who want to open a media company in Hong Kong can benefit from the help of a specialized team of Hong Kong company formation agents who can advise and assist during the company incorporation process.
Our company registration agents in Hong Kong invite you to watch a video about the media industry in the city:
Rules for broadcasting and the freedom of press
The authorities that govern media broadcasts and publications in Hong Kong are the Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority, the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority and the Radio Television Hong Kong. The city also has an established Press Council that promotes professional and ethical standards for the newspaper industry and defends press freedom.
The freedom of press in Hong Kong is protected by law, through Article 27 of the Basic Law and also by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Although there is no media law in Hong Kong, the activities in this business field are governed by statutory laws. Our partner law firm in Hong Kong can give you detailed information about the laws governing media broadcasting in Hong Kong.
Media businesses in Hong Kong
A media company in Hong Kong needs to obtain special permits and licenses for functioning. Depending on the area in which they wish to activate, companies can apply for a television programme service licence or a sound broadcasting licence. The Communications Authority in Hong Kong grants the applications for television programme services licenses and domestic pay television programme service licenses. It also issues the renewed licenses and other television programme service licenses.
The general licence conditions for sound broadcasting include the usage of modern technology that is able to provide high quality sound broadcasting and comply with the broadcasting coverage requirements. Certain licence fees apply in Hong Kong for television and sound broadcasting.
Our Hong Kong company formation agents can help you apply for a broadcasting licence in Hong Kong or for a telecommunications licence. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to open a media Hong Kong company.