TVB News

This article is about a news operation. For the television channel from TVB, see TVBN.
TVB reporter Joyce Fung and the station's photographers, shown covering the 2005 WTO protests in Hong Kong.

TVB News (Chinese: 無綫新聞), formally known as the News and Information Division (新聞及資訊部), is the newsgathering arm of Hong Kong's Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB). Its slogan is "TVB News Cares" (無綫新聞 事事關心).


On 19 November 1967, TVB premiered its very first 2 News Report programmes, the evening News at 7:30 and Late News (22:30). On 16 November 1970, Noon News and News Headlines were also added into TVB Jade's schedule. On 1 November 1976, News at 7:30 was renamed News at 6:30 as the newscast moved back by one-hour. On 1 January 1968, the first Morning Talk and News programme, Morning Assembly, hosted by the news editor Edward Ho, From 19 April 1976 to 29 April 1977, the show was renamed Morning News Report. On 19 November 1980, the Nightly News at Ten was launched. On 6 September 1981, Good Morning Hong Kong premiered and currently airs from Monday to Saturday. On 19 November 1967, the first few male news anchors: David Lee, Josiah Lau, Chu Wai Tak, Stephen Shiu. On 2 January 1978, the first female first anchor Anite Yip debuted on TVB News. On 4 January 1988, all news programmes on both TVB Jade and Pearl updated their opening sequence with the day's date and the headline sequences. On 1 January 1980, Cantonese subtitles were introduced. On 3 January 1983, TVB News News at 9:30 added subtitles and was renamed News File in 1985. News File ended on 14 May 1993. On Monday, 2 September 1996, computer subtitles was reintroduced and it has remain ever since. On 21 September 2003, TVB and its news department, along with other divisions moved to TVB City at Tseung Kwan O. Subtitles was also included on TVB Pearl on 17 October 2006.

On 13 July 2008, TVB News programmes started broadcasting in 16:9. On 2 February 2009, TVB News programmes started in High Definition permanently. On 30 June 2012, TVB iNews converted from Standard Definition to High Definition, News ticker was also modified to fit the HDTV screens and News Titles for iNews was also updated.

On 27 August 2012, began to include more News, Finance, Weather and Information in its website.

On 15 November 2012, Weather Report began broadcasting in high definition and in subtitles for the first time. On 1 January 2013, TVB Jade, TVB HD Jade, TVB iNews and TVB Pearl modified their subtitles to fit into high definition.

On 20 May 2013, TVB iNews remodified their schedules and broadcast the news programmes live and continuously in high definition.

On 14 July 2013, TVB News updated their opening sequences to make it more realistic. On Sunday, 1 June 2014, TVB News' main news studio were given a major revamp as well as the new titles for all of its news programmes and subtitles. Good Morning Hong Kong also updated its opening sequences on Monday, 9 June 2014.

Broadcasting and Production

TVB News Time Schedule the months anchors, first news report from Monday to Friday or Saturday & Sunday don't anchors, News at 6:30, News at 7 and News at 7:30 male and female two presenters, Good Morning Hong Kong news and finance two presenters, and other programmes. Except Noon News, Monday to Friday News at 6:30 and News at 7, TVB Jade and TVB HD Jade main news with sports anchors. TVB iNews and TVBN Main News at 8 Hong Kong Stock Exchange with Finance anchors and everyday sports anchors, and other programmes. On 2 February 2009, TVB News focus changed Monday to Friday News Roundup, broadcast added special, first anchors, added focus report and first broadcasting television. Live, reporter changed head, added or anchors. In March 2015, Luk Hon-tak, former director-general of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), became the managing editor of TVB News in charge of political news stories.[1]


A TVB News vehicle.

TVB News is broadcast at the following time slots on the company's free-to-air channels, TVB Jade, TVB Pearl, TVBN (TVB Payvision News channel), and TVB i-News channel.

TVB Jade newscasts

"On News Channel": programme is also broadcast on TVBN and iNews.

Programme Airtime Day On News Channel
English Chinese Start End
Good Morning Hong Kong 香港早晨 06:30 08:55 Mon-Sat Yes
Earth Live 瞬間看地球 08:25 08:30 Weekdays
08:55 09:00 Monday-Saturday
13:15 13:20 Weekdays
13:10 13:15 Weekends
23:40 23:45 Weekdays
23:45 23:50 Weekends
Inside the Stock Exchange 交易現場 09:00 09:30 Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchange Trading Day No
09:45 Hong Kong Stock Exchange Trading Day
11:40 11:45
12:45 13:00
14:40 14:43
16:15 16:20
News Headlines 新聞提要 11:35 11:40
15:13 15:15
20:45 20:50 Daily
21:45 21:50
22:45 22:50 Weekends
Noon News 午間新聞 13:00 13:30 Weekdays
13:15 Weekends
Financial News 財經新聞 17:50 17:55 Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchange Trading Day
News File 新聞檔案 18:25 18:30 Weekdays Yes
23:30 23:35
News at 6:30 6點半新聞報道 18:30 18:55 Daily No
Weather Report 天氣報告 18:55 19:00 Yes
23:35 23:40 Weekdays
23:45 23:50 Weekends
International News File 環球新聞檔案 07:40 07:45 Mon-Sat
23:00 23:05 Weekdays No
News Roundup 晚間新聞 23:05 23:30
23:30 23:45 Weekends

TVB Pearl newscasts

Programme Language Airtime Day
Start End
Inside the Stock Exchange Putonghua 10:30 (30-minute duration) Hong Kong Stock
Exchange Trading Day
11:30, 14:00, 15:58 (2–3-minute duration)
Putonghua News 18:00 18:15 Daily
Putonghua Financial Report 18:15 18:20 Mon-Fri
Putonghua Weather Report 18:20 18:25 Mon-Fri
18:15 18:20 Sat/Sun
Financial Report English 18:25 18:35 Mon-Fri
News at 7:30 19:30 19:50 Daily
Weather Report 19:50 19:55 Daily
News Headlines 21:30 (1 to 2-minute duration) Daily
Market Place 22:30 22:35 Mon-Fri
World Market Update 23:30 23:35 Mon-Fri
News Roundup 23:35 23:50 Mon-Thu
Varies start time between
23:30 to 00:45
(15-minute duration) Fri-Sun
The Pearl Report 20:00 20:30 Monday
01:05 01:35 Tuesday
12:00 12:25 Saturday
Money Magazine 19:00 19:30 Sunday
01:05 01:35

TVB Disney Channel newscasts

Programme Language Airtime Day
Start End
Good Morning Hong Kong (English) English 06:00 08:00 Mon - Fri
News Lunchtime 12:00 12:30 Daily
Early Evening News 17:45 18:00 Daily
Weekend News 9:50 10:05 Sat-Sun
Financial Report 18:25 18:35 Mon-Fri
News at 8:30 20:30 20:55 Daily
Weather Report 20:55 21:00 Daily
News Summary (News Headlines) 21:55 (1 to 2-minute duration) Daily
Speed News (News Flash) For a limited time only When the situation For a limited time only Only the limit When the situation
World Animation Report 10:30 10:40 Daily
World Market Update 23:30 23:35 Mon-Fri
Breaking News (News Roundup) 23:30 00:15 Mon-Thu
Varies start time between
24:00 to 00:30
(30-minute duration) Fri-Sun
World Trade Report 19:50 20:00 Daily


TVB News Centre of Tseung Kwan O
TVB News Control Room

All newscasts on TVB Jade are in Cantonese, Putonghua Financial Report, which is in Mandarin. Good Morning Hong Kong and Putonghua Financial Report, and other business newscasts are seen on weekdays. Also, programmes have in-vision captions for the hearing impaired, as mandated by local regulations (this was originally only used on the Jade version's News File, 新聞簡報) or News Daily (TVB World) In the past, both channels aired a 5-minute News File, giving the top headlines of the day and a preview of the News Roundup; it usually aired at various times around 21:00.

The starting sequence of the news features the sound of the Morse code signal for "NEWS TODAY" ( · ·-- ··· - --- -·· ·- -·--), with the pitch at about 1700 Hz.

Standalone weather reports are aired after the News at 6:30 on TVB Jade , the News at 7:30 on TVB Pearl and The News at 8:30 on TVB World. They are famous for Freddy (天氣先生), a cartoon figure which gives the forecast for the next day. The highly stylised and comical format is considered an institution, and is widely recognised by many Hong Kong people. (The rest of the weather forecast is read by an actual human presenter.)

After the news and/or weather is presented, Earth Live usually follows afterwards, which is produced by earthTV. However, not all newscasts on TVB Jade are not followed by that programme, but will instead return to the current programme. The only exception is Good Morning Hong Kong, which would air Earth Live first, then immediately start the morning news. Earth Live also airs a couple more times during their morning news programme.

News programmes

Investigative reports and extended news stories are often shown on three programmes: Sunday Report (星期日檔案) and News Magazine (新聞透視) on TVB Jade , The Pearl Report (明珠檔案) on TVB Pearl. Sunday Report and The Pearl Report and World Animation Report and World History Magazine on TVB World. focus more on stories involving individuals and has a softer approach, while News Magazine focuses more on social problems in general.

News channel

Additionally, TVB's news department is also responsible for the output on the 24-hour news channel, TVBN (無綫新聞台), carried on the pay TV platform TVB Pay Vision (無綫收費電視) and iNews (互動新聞台) (Start from 11 November 2008) on HK Digital TV Broadcast (Channel 83). In June 2006, another news channel, TVBN 2 (無綫新聞2台), will also be carried on the pay TV platform TVB Pay Vision.

The transmission of iNews (互動新聞台) have been upgraded from SDTV to HDTV video format on 30 June 2012.


Due to the reporting, or lack thereof, of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, and many other incidents where TVB ignored to report news that concerning its own interests, internet forum users have labelled TVB "CCTVB". During one live broadcast at the event of the 20th Anniversary gathering to commemorate the Tiananmen incident, a man raised a sign that reads in Chinese "無線新聞 事事旦旦", which mocks TVB, saying that they do not care. The camera shifted away quickly during the broadcast, and ever since then, camera crews have reacted to possible sign-bearers by pointing the camera away during takes. In replays of the said footage, the portion where the sign was visible was cut.

External video
seven plainclothes policemen beating up a handcuffed protester

During the 2014 protests, TVB's broadcast of footage of seven police officers beating a protester on 15 October resulted in significant internal conflict during the broadcast.[2] The pre-dawn broadcasts soundtrack which mentioned "punching and kicking" was re-recorded, and later bulletins said that the officers were "suspected of using excessive force".[3] TVB director Keith Yuen questioned what grounds lead the footage to say "officers dragged him to a dark corner, and punched and kicked him"?[3] Ho Wing-hong, the assistant supervisor of the news-gathering team responsible for the footage, was immediately demoted to Chief Researcher, a post with only a part-time subordinate.[4][5] Many journalists expressed their dissatisfaction with the handling of the broadcast, and some 80 TVB staff from all departments objecting to the handling sent a petition to management.[2][6] After several of its reporters were assaulted by activists attending a pro-Beijing rally, over 340 station employees put their names to a petition condemning the violence. A director of production in the non-drama department ordered all petitioners to a meeting with their supervisors, where the employees were asked to remove their signature or jeopardise their year end bonuses.[7] In March 2015, Luk Hon-tak's appointment as the managing editor of TVB News in charge of political news stories caused some concern. Although news director Keith Yuen maintained that there were no political considerations in Luk’s appointment, some TVB News staff are questioning the unusual appointment and the political nature of the role. They pointed to Luk's strongly pro-establishment background, as most of the senior management posts were filled by internal promotion.[1] There was an exodus of in late February when at least seven journalists, including Ho Wing-hong, tendered their resignations.[8]


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