This is the International Section of
The Broadcast Archive

Maintained by:
Barry Mishkind - The Eclectic Engineer

Hong Kong Broadcasting:

  • History
  • Regulation

Hong Kong Broadcast History:

The first station in Hong Kong was GOW, Radio Hong Kong (RHK, but now known as Radio-TV Hong Kong, or RTHK), which went on in June, 1928. It changed calls to ZBW in February, 1929.

Hong Kong's first advertising-funded radio broadcaster, Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited, started broadcasting in 1959. A second commercial service was authorized in 1991. (Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited).

Hong Kong now has 13 radio channels - seven operated by RTHK, three by Commercial Radio and three by Metro Broadcast.


The current regulatory body is the Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority, established in September 1987 under the Broadcasting Authority Ordinance.


Thanks are offered to Bob Palitz for his assistance on this page.