The Government took over radio broadcasting and launched its first broadcasts
in June under the call-sign GOW.
Call-sign changed from GOW to ZBW. Mr. N. L. Smith, the then Postmaster
General, was appointed as the first Head of radio broadcasting in Hong
First broadcasts of news bulletin. At the same year, a Chinese channel
under the call-sign ZEK was established.
Call-signs ZBW and ZEK were abandoned in August and officially named "Radio
Hong Kong" (RHK).
Moved to Electra House as headquarters.
Government Public Relations office
took over broadcasting operations.
Separated from the Government Information Services and became an independent
department under the Controller of Broadcasting.
VHF/FM transmission was introduced for broadcasting in both Chinese and
Broadcasting House was built at Broadcast Drive, which has become the
new headquarters of RHK.
Public Affairs Television Unit was established, producing public affairs
programmes to be aired on licensed commercial TV stations.
RHK set up its own newsroom (prior to that, news bulletins were prepared
by the Government Information Services).
Name changed to "Radio Television Hong Kong" (RTHK) to reflect
increasing television output.
RTHK set up Educational Television Unit, producing educational television
programmes for schools.
FM stereo broadcasting was introduced, further enhanced the broadcasting
Radio 5 was launched, focusing on cultural and educational programmes,
chinese opera and minority interests programmes.
With the establishment of a new Radio 2, RTHK proliferated to five different
channels, each developed a distinctive variety of programmes.
RTHK TV headquarters moved to former Commercial Television premise and
renamed Television House.
Starting from April 1, RTHK TV productions were aired daily during evening
prime-time slots on the two commercial TV stations: TVB and ATV. This
arrangement was made in accordance with the 1986 Report of the Broadcasting
Review Board and the subsequent revision of the Television Ordinance in
Radio 7, the first News and Financial News channel in Hong Kong, was established
RTHK Corporatisation proposal was formulated. However, the proposal was
delayed for several years and eventually placed on hold by the Government
"TV Programme Appreciation Index Survey" was launched. The survey,
conducted by an independent body, became another industry yardstick apart
from viewership ratings.
RTHK website was established on Internet, the first local broadcaster
to put radio and television programmes online.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between RTHK, Information Technology and Broadcasting Branch, and the Broadcasting Authority (BA). RTHK agreed to observe specific programme standards set by BA. The memorandum was reviewed in 1999.
An innovative Teleline service was launched, broadcasting radio programmes
and news summaries via "Programme Line" and "Newsline".
Hosted the "33rd Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly
& Associated Meetings" in Hong Kong, which was attended by over
520 members from 42 countries and areas.
Putonghua Channel was set up in March, the first Putonghua broadcasts
in Hong Kong.
During the Hong Kong Handover and establishment of HKSAR on July 1, the
four local major TV broadcasters: RTHK, TVB, ATV, and Cable TV jointly
formed a TV Consortium. With RTHK as the chief technical coordinator,
live signals of all Handover ceremonies & events were televised worldwide
for over 100 hours. In addition, RTHK also provided 48-hour internet live
video and audio broadcasts of all major events.
RTHK compiled a set of Producers' Guidelines to document its well-established
Towards a new digital broadcasting era in the 21st century, RTHK in collaboration
with Commercial Radio and Metro Broadcast launched a pilot test of digital
Produced the Millennium Extravaganza at the Happy Valley Racecourse on
New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day
Online webcast was fully developed. All the 6 RTHK radio channels and
TV prime-time programmes were webcast live. Scripts of RTHK instant news
were also accessible online. In 2001, free Online News Subscription service
was launched. PDA downloadable version was also available for easy mobile
browsing. Apart from live webcasts, the online audio-visual archives enable
net-users to access RTHK programmes in the past 12 months. Up until January
2003, the daily access rate of RTHK ON INTERNET has reached 8.2 million
hits. All RTHK TV productions are also available for webcasts.
設立「香港電台服務熱線」（2272 0000），世界各地聽眾可透過電話獲取最新資訊 。
“RTHK Service Hotline” (2272 0000) was set up to provide instantaneous
information to audiences all over the world via telephone
“The Global Chinese Pop Chart”, jointly organized with the Chinese radio
stations of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia,
became the most coveted Chinese pop song indicator.
Co-hosted the “38th Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly”with
the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union – originally scheduled to be held
in Turkey but moved to Hong Kong due to uncertainties in the region.
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the handover, “The Music of the Dragons
Concert” was organized with an attempt to break the Guinness Book of
Records. In addition, to tie in with the handover celebrations, the Solar
Project also organized a youth exchange which was held in Beijing.
Hosted the Public Broadcasters International Conference 2002, only the
second time for the conference to be held in Asia.
廣播穿梭75年 (1928 - 2002)