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HKTV ratings dropping; "The Election 2" production pushed back

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HKTV ratings dropping; "The Election 2" production pushed back

 

The TV station monopoly in Hong Kong seems to be hard to change. Tomorrow is the deadline for the bidding of part of ATV's shares. If there is still no "white knight" to save them, they may have to face the fate of liquidation. On the other side, HKTV's situation is also not very optimistic. Last November, the online platform was finally launched, and Ricky Wong had expressed that HKTV will start producing new shows this February. However, unfortunately the recent airing drama "Once Upon a Song" was not able to continue the results of "To Be or Not to Be". Ratings fell tremendously; the daily average of clicks by accounts dropped from last last week's 127,000 to last week's 105,000, a drop of 17.3%.

 

Sources say that Ricky Wong is worried about "only expenses going out and nothing coming in", so they have pushed the plan (for new show production) to May. However, the internal staff is not very optimistic about that. Rumoured to be the first drama to film after starting production again, "The Election II"'s director Wong Kwok Keung admitted through phone that ratings were not ideal, he said: "There's definitely some disappointment, but I understand. This platform is not that convenient to watch, still really far from the ideal platform." After his contract with HKTV is over, he will be starting his new job in February. He said: "I don't think we will be able to start filming in February or March, nor can Uncle Chi fit it into his schedule. But I told Mr. Wong, if they really do film it later on, I will try my best to fit it into my schedule."

 

Angelica Lee, who was in "The Election" attended an event in Tsim Sha Tsui today. She expressed that she hasn't decided whether she will agree to film the second installment: "Need to see the script first."

 

As for Mizz Eva, who sang the insert song "I'll Be There" for "The Election", also finished her contract with HKTV last month. Thankfully, she was spotted by a company and signed on 3 years to become Chilam Cheung's junior.

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Election tells the formidable future of Hong Kong when general election is going to be true. We need bold presentation like Election. Hope the ratings will go up in the future.

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