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LCQ6: Programmes on parent-child relationship and having educational value

Following is a question by the Ir Dr Hon Raymond Ho and a written reply by the Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, Mr Joseph W P Wong, in the Legislative Council today (February 22):

Question:

     Will the Government inform this Council of the number of programmes currently broadcast by various electronic media every week concerning parent-child relationship and having educational value, e.g. "Parents' Hearts" produced by the Public Affairs Television Division of Radio Television Hong Kong; how the authorities categorise such programmes; and whether consideration will be given to providing funding support for the electronic media to produce more such programmes?

Reply:

Madam President,

     We have consulted broadcasting licensees and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) on programmes on parent-child relationship and having educational value currently provided by them. A list of such programmes based on information they provided is at Annex.

     We have not categorised programmes by parent-child relationship and having educational value. Sound broadcasting service licensees and domestic free television programme service licensees are required by their respective licences to provide prescribed public service programmes at specified timeslots. Such programmes include those suitable for children, young persons and the elderly. The licences do not specify the themes for such programmes. Licensees may produce different thematic programmes, including programmes on parent-child relationship and having educational value, to meet the needs of audience.

     In addition, the three domestic pay television programme service licensees provide over 200 television channels. Their services include programmes on parent-child relationship and having educational value although their licences do not require the provision of various prescribed public service programmes.

     The annual provision for RTHK exceeds $400 million. RTHK provides high quality programmes to inform, educate and entertain the public. RTHK has long been aware of the importance of fostering parent-child relationship and produced a programme on parent-child relationship and having educational value called uRl{v as early as in 1995. RTHK produced numerous programmes of this theme in the past. Examples are uWǥhv , uܵuv and uNv . RTHK will continue to allocate appropriate resources to produce programmes on this theme.  

Annex:

Programmes on parent-child relationship and having educational value currently provided by broadcasting licensees and RTHK:

I. Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited
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Metroshowbiz:

* Moms & Dads, Let's Talk
Sunday
11.00am - 1.00pm

Metroplus:

* Focus On The Family
Monday to Friday
8.40am (2 minutes)
9.40am (2 minutes)
4.40pm (2 minutes)
7.40pm (2 minutes)

II. Hong Kong Cable Television Limited
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Children's Channel:

* Parent TV
Monday to Friday
9.00pm - 10.00pm
10.00pm - 11.00pm (repeat)

III. Galaxy Satellite Broadcasting Limited
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TVBQ Channel:

* QQ Birthday Party
Saturday
10.30am - 11.30am
2.00pm - 3.00pm (repeat)
7.30pm - 8.30pm (repeat)
11.00pm - 12.00 midnight (repeat)
2.30am - 3.30am (repeat)

* Superkids Contest
Sunday
10.30am - 11.30am
2.00pm - 3.00pm (repeat)
7.30pm - 8.30pm (repeat)
11.00pm - 12.00 midnight (repeat)
2.30am - 3.30am (repeat)

IV. RTHK
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RTHK1:

* DߨƮax (no English title)
Sunday
10.00am - 12.00 noon

RTHK4:

* Children's Corner
Sunday
5.00pm - 6.00pm

RTHK5:

* aa (no English title)
Thursday
9.00pm - 10.00pm

* nĤlAP (no English title)
Friday
10.00am - 12.00 noon

RTHK Putonghua Channel:

* `}ˤl@ (no English title)
Tuesday
3.00pm - 3.30pm

RTHK TV Programme:

* Parents' Hearts (10 episodes) (repeat)
Monday and Tuesday
Cable Finance Info Channel of Hong Kong Cable Television Limited
(Monday 8.30pm - 9.00pm , 2.00am - 2.30am ; Tuesday 5.00pm - 5.30pm )
RTHK on the Internet Programme Archive

Wednesday, February 22, 2006