Oscars Dumped by Hong Kong’s TVB After China Censorship Order
For the first time in more than half a century, Hong Kong movie-lovers won’t be able to watch the Oscars.
The city’s largest TV network won’t broadcast next month’s ceremony, for what it says are “purely commercial” reasons. The move comes after China asked media to play down the awards, following the nomination of a documentary on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests and concern over the political views of Best Director contender Chloe Zhao.
Television Broadcasts Ltd., known as TVB, has broadcast the Academy Awards on its English-language channel every year since 1969, when musical Oliver! won Best Picture. Other local broadcasters including Now TV, Viu TV and Cable TV also don’t have the broadcast rights, the Standard newspaper reported Monday.
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