Communications Authority
通訊事務管理局
Statutory body overview
Formed1 April 2012
Preceding agencies
  • Broadcasting Authority
  • Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority
  • Telecommunications Authority
TypeStatutory body
Jurisdiction Hong Kong
HeadquartersWu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
Minister responsible
  • Winnie TAM Wan-chi, SC, Chairman
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Eliza LEE Man-ching Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Creative Industries)
Key document
  • Communications Authority Ordinance (Cap. 616)
Websitecoms-auth.hk
Communications Authority
Traditional Chinese通訊事務管理局

The Communications Authority is a statutory body responsible for licensing and regulating the broadcasting and telecommunications industries in Hong Kong. It was formed in 2012 through a merger of the Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority, Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority, and the Telecommunications Authority. The organisation is authorized to investigate complaints made regarding programmes, issue warnings and fines, or even suspend the license of the radio or television station.

The authority enforces the Broadcasting Ordinance (Cap. 562), the Telecommunications Ordinance (Cap. 106), the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance (Cap. 593), Communications Authority Ordinance, and the Broadcasting (Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Cap. 391).

The regulatory agency is ostensibly independent of the government,[1] but its executive functions are supported by the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), a government department with a self-funding trust structure.[2][3] In 2020, the Communications Authority issued a statement against RTHK concerning a comedy show for purportedly "denigrating and insulting" the Hong Kong Police Force.[4]

In 2023, the agency recommended to the Chief Executive that free-to-air broadcasters transmit 30 minutes of patriotic and national security programming every week; the Chief Executive, John Lee, accepted the idea and made it mandatory.[5]

In July 2023, the agency proposed that national security media be exempt from a requirement that programs be impartial with "even-handedness," as well as certain media from mainland China.[6]

Structure

The CA is headed by a chair and 11 other members:

The current Board of the CA [7] consist of:

List of Chairman

Comparisons

Similar bodies around the world are:

References

  1. ^ "Communications Authority - Welcome Message". www.coms-auth.hk. Archived from the original on 8 October 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Communications Authority - The Secretariat". www.coms-auth.hk. Archived from the original on 8 October 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  3. ^ "OFCA Trading Fund Report 2012/13" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 31 December 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  4. ^ Lee, Gigi (19 May 2020). "Hong Kong Government Broadcaster Axes Satirical Show After Police Criticism". Radio Free Asia. Archived from the original on 20 May 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  5. ^ Grundy, Tom (14 February 2023). "Hong Kong's free-to-air broadcasters ordered to transmit 30-mins of patriotic and security programming per week". Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. Retrieved 15 February 2023.
  6. ^ Lee, James (18 July 2023). "Hong Kong mulls exempting national security TV, radio shows from impartiality requirement". Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. Retrieved 23 July 2023.
  7. ^ "Communications Authority - Chairman & Members". www.coms-auth.hk. Archived from the original on 8 October 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2020.