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The Communications Authority is a statutory body responsible for licensing and regulating the broadcasting and telecommunications industries in Hong Kong. It was formed in 2012 through a merger of the Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority, Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority, and the Telecommunications Authority. The organisation is authorized to investigate complaints made regarding programmes, issue warnings and fines, or even suspend the license of the radio or television station.

Communications Authority
通訊事務管理局
Communications Authority logo.svg
Statutory body overview
Formed1 April 2012
Preceding agencies
  • Broadcasting Authority
  • Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority
  • Telecommunications Authority
TypeStatutory body
Jurisdiction Hong Kong
HeadquartersWu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
Minister responsible
  • Winnie TAM Wan-chi, SC, Chairman
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Eliza LEE Man-ching Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Creative Industries)
Key document
  • Communications Authority Ordinance (Cap. 616)
WebsiteOfficial website
Communications Authority
Traditional Chinese通訊事務管理局

The authority enforces the Broadcasting Ordinance (Cap. 562), the Telecommunications Ordinance (Cap. 106), the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance (Cap. 593), Communications Authority Ordinance, and the Broadcasting (Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Cap. 391).

Like its predecessors, the regulatory agency is structurally independent of the government,[1] but its executive functions are supported by the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), a government department with a self-funding trust structure.[2][3]

Contents

StructureEdit

The CA is headed by a chair and 11 other members:

The current Board of the CA [4] consist of:

  • Winnie TAM Wan-chi, SC - Chair
  • Eliza LEE Man-ching, JP - Vice-Chair
  • Karen CHAN Ka-yin, JP
  • Stephen HUNG Wan-shun
  • Yvonne LAW SHING Mo-han, BBS, JP
  • Thomas LO Sui-sing, JP
  • Hubert NG Ching-wah
  • Anthony William SEETO Yiu-wai
  • Benjamin TANG Kwok-bun, GBS
  • XU Yan
  • Ray YEP Kin-man
  • Agnes WONG Tin-yu, JP

List of ChairmanEdit

  • Ambrose Ho 2012–2017: former Chairman of the Broadcasting Authority 2008-2012
  • Mr Huen Wong, BBS, JP 2017-?
  • Ms Winnie TAM Wan-chi, SC ?-present

ComparisonsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Communications Authority Chairman's Message".
  2. ^ "The Secretariat, Communications Authority Official Website".
  3. ^ "OFCA Trading Fund Report 2012/13" (PDF).
  4. ^ http://www.coms-auth.hk/en/about_us/members/index.html

External linksEdit