ATV has gone off the air, ending its 59-year run as the world’s oldest Chinese-language broadcaster upon the expiry of its free-to-air television licence.
As the clock struck midnight, the screen faded to blue, followed by static, before RTHK assumed control of its two analogue channels following a short delay.
The Director of Broadcasting, Leung Ka-wing, said the transition went very smoothly, noting that there were only a few short minutes of delay before RTHK successfully took over transmissions.
RTHK will provide services daily from 6:30am to 1:30am, on the two channels named RTHK 31A and 33A. Leung said roughly 80-percent of the population should be able to receive transmissions, and the station will work to boost that to 99 percent within the next three months.
Crowds of people showed up at ATV’s Tai Po headquarters to bid farewell to the broadcaster. After it stopped broadcasting, around thirty staff members briefly walked out of the building, and waved to the cheering crowd before heading back inside.
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Greg So, said not only has RTHK stepped in to take over the analog channels, HK Television Entertainment has also started to transmit its digital free television programme channel, ViuTV, through radio waves.
So said these new free TV services will provide additional programme choices for viewers, and he hopes that Hong Kong’s television industry will be brought to a “new height.”
South Korea is introducing a new absentee voting system for the general election to be held on April 13th.
The new system will allow those who are away from their voting districts on the election date to cast their ballots for the candidates of their choice. They will no longer have to preregister as legitimate voters.
They are only required to show their IDs at any of the approximate 3,500 polling stations to be set up across the country.
The advance voting will be held on April 8th and 9th. This will be the first nationwide parliamentary election to be held under the new system.
South Korea’s election committee expects it to help boost voter turnout.
The president of Canada’s far left, New Democratic Party (NDP) Rebecca Blaikie issued a statement,lamenting her party’s “whiteness”.
The party’s president had this to say in an interview with the CBC; “I think the party’s too white, I think all parties are too white. But so are we, and so let’s start doing some better outreach and acknowledging that, so we can change the look of the folks around the table”
She suggests that in Canada – a country where the population is 85%+ white – there are too many white political party members. Blaikie makes no mention of which of her white coworkers should be relieved of their duties from the NDP vis-à-vis affirmative action.
Using her platform as a tool for patent political-grandstanding, she continues on with her virtue-signaling rant, “Sometimes you just need to own things, and say them out loud, in order to do a better job at them, [but] I think our politics around diversity are excellent.”
Rebecca Blaikie takes no issue with the fact that her party blatantly rejects diversity when it comes to opposing viewpoints. New Democratic Party leader, Thomas Mulcair has said that individuals who oppose abortion – or support any limits on abortion – are immediately disqualified from membership in the New Democrat Party, going as far as calling them “anti-choice”.
This in essence is how the political left view diversity. All it means is a quota of ethnic minority individuals who share the same values and believe the exact same things as the self-avowed moral superiors on the left who employ them. The goal of diversity is twofold. Firstly, to further the neo-Marxist narrative of minorities as proletariat victims of the aforementioned “white people” – and secondly, is to be wielded as an arsenal for self-aggrandizement.
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