Television Broadcasts Limited, commonly known as TVB, was the first wireless commercial television station in Hong Kong and commenced broadcasting on 19 November 1967. The company was registered on 26 July 1965[1] and was co-founded by Sir Run Run Shaw, who was chairman from 1980 to 2011, together with Sir Douglas Clague and Harold Lee Hsiao-wo of the Lee Hysan family. [2] It has a staff of about 4,200 and TVB's headquarters (Hong Kong TVB City) is Asia's largest commercial television production centre. TVB currently runs five free-to-air television channels in Hong Kong and is one of the largest commercial Chinese programme producers in the world.

When TVB first began broadcasting it was commonly known as "Wireless Television" (無綫電視 Cantonese: mou4 sin3 din6 si6) in Chinese to distinguish it from the then cable television broadcaster, Rediffusion Television (麗的呼聲), which later became ATV. It is still usually referred to with that name, although ATV later switched to "wireless" broadcasting as well and now there are other "wireless" broadcasters in Hong Kong.

TVB currently operates five free channels in Hong Kong: TVB Jade (Cantonese) and TVB Pearl (English) are TVB's flagship television channels, and both are available on analogue and digital. J2, TVB News Channel and TVB Finance & Information Channel are digital-only channels.

TVB also operates myTV SUPER and TVB Anywhere as its pay-tv service, and has a package of channels known as TVB Network Vision, which are carried by PCCW's NowTV service.

TVB reaches out to the Overseas Chinese communities. Its productions are available in Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, among others, on channels such as TVB's own TVB-Europe [1] subscription satellite service.[3] In Taiwan, TVB operates through its TVBS subsidiary.

Many of Hong Kong's film and pop stars started their careers at the station through drama series produced by TVB. Special TVB events such as the annual TVB Anniversary Celebration are broadcast to planetary audience. TVB also runs talent programmes such as the annual Miss Hong Kong and Miss Chinese International beauty pageants. Successful contestants may be offered TVB's contracts and represent Hong Kong to take part at world-class beauty contests, including the Miss World Pageant.


  • TVB dominates most of the television market in Hong Kong, but it is not considered the powerhouse it used to be. It started in 1965 as a competitor to what was then called Rediffusion Television, later become ATV, a cable operator that charged subscription fees for its operation, and the only terrestrial competitor to TVB. One of the first shows launched was Enjoy Yourself Tonight 歡樂今宵 in 1967.
  • TVB receives praise for its programming from a wide range of demographics, including the middle class, as was the case with its 2004 historical drama series War and Beauty. Its programme line-up features a steady stream of soap operas, variety shows and other populist fare.
  • TVB has been criticised for signing exclusive contracts with many local celebrities which restrict them from appearing on other local television stations. Hong Kong's Cable T.V. claims it is unfair competition (although Asia Television, another major television station in Hong Kong, disagrees). In fact, many artists do not have exclusive contracts with TVB and are free to show up in programmes produced by other local television stations or out-sourcing production houses.
  • The annual TVB Music Awards ceremony is one of the biggest for Cantopop personalities. It is widely rumoured that TVB distributes the awards to those who are obedient to the company's demands, and the Independent Commission Against Corruption has investigated the arrangement of the awards.[4] It ruled that three TVB staff members under scrutiny were not guilty. Afterwards, TVB reformed its music programmes in a bid to reestablish their authority.[5]
  • On the other hand, TVB was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters's (NAB) International Broadcasting Excellence Award in 2001. The award recognised the company's outstanding contributions to the community through a wide range of charitable programmes and activities. Hong Kong thus becomes the first city in Asia to receive this prestigious award in this area.[6]
  • In 2005, TVB, in association with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, organised the biggest fund-raising campaign in the company's history in response to South-East Asia's devastating tsunami. It raised over one hundred million Hong Kong Dollars to assist those affected.
  • In 2000, TVB Australia was established for the Australian market with a 17 channel (14 Chinese and 3 Vietnamese Channel) satellite service. Which has over 25,000 households and over 1,500 commercial outlets with an audience of over 130,000 daily.
  • From 31 March 2008, TVBS-Europe launched their "Multi-channel" package in Europe. It consists of 5 different channels which include the existing TVBS-Europe Channel plus the addition of TVBN, TVB Entertainment News, TVB Classic and TVB Lifestyle.[7]


TVB Clear Water Bay headquarters in 2002

TVB was originally located on Broadcast Drive in Kowloon Tong, and was neighbours with RTHK and ATV. By the late 1980s, the company had out-grown the facility at Broadcast Drive, and built a new studio complex, named T.V. City, at 220 Clear Water Bay Road in November 1988.[8] The first TVB City was in fact the old Shaw Movie Town complex used by Shaw Brothers since 1958. The old Broadcast Drive headquarters was later converted into apartments. The first TVB City is now used by Celestial Pictures.

To cope with future development and expansion, TVB began planning in 1998 to develop a replacement facility at the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate. The new HK$2.2 billion TVB City came into full operation in October 2003. The new headquarters are built on by far the largest piece of land ever leased by the then Hong Kong Industrial Estates Corporation and the first service-providing company in the area. It has a building area of over 110,000 square metres, 30% more than that of the previous facilities at Clear Water Bay. Studio 1 in TVB City, which can seat an audience of six hundred and thirty, is the largest television production studio among commercial television stations in Asia.[9]

News operation

TVB broadcasts several news programmes, such as News at 6:30 (Jade) and News at 7:30 (Pearl). It also operates its own news channel, TVBN. (Chinese: TVB新聞台; Cantonese Yale: TVB san man toi) and TVBN2 (Chinese: TVB新聞2台; Cantonese Yale: TVB san man ji toi), through TVB Network Vision (Chinese: 無綫網絡電視; Cantonese Yale: mou sin sau fai din si).

Notable shows from TVB

Corruption probe

On 11 March 2010, the general manager Stephen Chan Chi Wan and four others were arrested on corruption charges by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). TVB confirmed that three of their employees were involved, and that their duties and work had been suspended pending further development. Stephen Chan Chi Wan was charged with corruption in September 2010 with TVB declining to comment on the situation.[10] Stephen Chan and his co-accused were acquitted by a court in September 2011.[11]

Channel list

Hong Kong Free-to-air


TVB Network Vision ceased its service since 1 June 2017[12], and the OTT platform named MyTV SUPER (expanded from MyTV and GOTV) replace TVB Network Vision to provide the paid television service. In addition, the company name of "TVB Network Vision" became "Big Big Channel".

  • TVB Classic (Channel 86)[13]
  • Korean Drama (Channel 87)[14]
  • Japanese Drama (Channel 88)[15]
  • Chinese Drama (Channel 89)[16]
  • Asian Select (Channel 90)[17]
  • Entertainment News (Channel 91)[18]
  • Asian Variety (Channel 92)[19]
  • Food (Channel 93)[20]
  • Sports (Channel 94)[21]
  • Jade Catch Up (Channel 95)[22]
  • Travel (Channel 96)[23]
  • TVB Radio (Channel 97)[24]
  • Chinese Opera Channel (Channel 98)[25]
  • Classic Movies (Channel 200)[26]
  • TVBN 2 (Channel 700)[27]



Co-owned by Astro:

Co-owned by unifi tv:

  • 234 TVB8 HD

See also


  1. ^ C.R. No:0011781(Television Broadcasts Limited)—The Cyber Search Centre of the Integrated Companies Registry Information System
  2. ^ "When Hong Kong was a colour TV pioneer, 26 November 2016 , Post Magazine". Retrieved 23 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Corporate Info". TVBI Company Limited. 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "Stars arrested over 'rigged' awards". BBC. 17 July 2003. Retrieved 6 November 2007.  Check date values in: year= / date= mismatch (help)
  5. ^ "舞影行動終止 何麗全曾國強陳家倫慶清白" (in Chinese). 金羊網. 21 January 2005. Retrieved 11 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "NAB International Broadcasting Excellence Award". National Association of Broadcasters. Archived from the original on 8 November 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  7. ^ Chinese Channel Home Page
  8. ^ [ShawMovieTown Shaw Brothers History]
  9. ^ "Grand Opening of Television Broadcasts Limited's TVB City A Significant Milestone of the Broadcasting and Production Industry in Hong Kong". TVB. 10 December 2003. Retrieved 6 November 2007. 
  10. ^ MAK, Adrian Yau Kee (11 March 2010). "Announcement" (PDF). Television Broadcasts Limited. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "TVB boss cleared in corruption case". RTHK. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  12. ^ https://www.tvbnetworkvision.com/tc/
  13. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  14. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  15. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  16. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  17. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  18. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  19. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  20. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  21. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  22. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  23. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  24. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  25. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  26. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg
  27. ^ https://www.mytvsuper.com/en/epg

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