Reform in search of politics: The case of Hong Kong’s aborted attempt to corporatise public broadcasting

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Abstract

Following the recommendation of the 1985 Broadcasting Review Board Report, the Hong Kong government proceeded to corporatise Radio-Television Hong Kong, the public broadcaster. The corporatisation process encountered various intra-bureaucratic and extra-bureaucratic problems, as identified in this article. By 1993 it was more or less aborted amidst Sino-British diplomatic impasse. This short-lived organisational reform had appeared on the governmental agenda as a result of the political opportunity provided by the Broadcasting Review Board and the political circumstances in Hong Kong after the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984. In the end, however, it was also politics which derailed the plan. Copyright © 1997 Dept. of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-302
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Public Administration
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1997

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Cheung, A. B. L. (1997). Reform in search of politics: The case of Hong Kong’s aborted attempt to corporatise public broadcasting. Asian Journal of Public Administration, 19(2), 276-302. doi: 10.1080/02598272.1997.10800342