Hong Kong protests are getting worse and many people are expressing their thoughts online, but it is unexpected that they will be “fired” because of it. After the “white terror” in the airline industry and many Thai employees were dismissed, it proceeds to TVB and there are 20 staff terminated on 23rd August 2019. When Apply Daily HK (蘋果) contacted CEO of TVB, Mark Lee (李寶安), he said: “Based on the sales report released this week, the company’s sales revenue is affected because of the political issues and uncertainty in the future outlook. Hence, restructuring and reducing manpower in the company is necessary. (Are they dismissed because of the online messages?) I do not monitor their personal affair.”
Apparently, the netizens remarked TVB broadcasted the news in a biased way and attacked CCTVB for presenting fake news. Some TVB staff were also furious with the company, revealed the staff pass online and demanded Keith Yuen (袁志偉) to step down. They participated in the work strikes and were dismissed immediately on 23rd August, after a month later.
According to an insider, TVB fired one staff from each departments such as fan-subtitled, engineering and voice-dubbed and one employee from the production of Come Home Love: Lo and Behold (愛．回家之開心速遞) sitcom. One staff told Apple Daily HK: “Many employees can feel the company is spreading “white terror” which demoralises the team and dare not give their comments.” As for the dismissed staff, they changed the appearance of TVB to black and white colour and posted their messages: “Thank you for everything. Hong Kong people, let’s fight together!”
In addition, an Apple Daily HK reader, Mr Chan (陳先生) spilled the beans on TVB that it terminated those staff because of their previous messages related to opposition: “It included the personal assistant and film director in the drama department and 4 staff were fired in total. They were ordered to leave immediately after receiving the letters in human resources department today. The company failed to explain the reason and the current team are very worried and depressed now.”
In fact other than the internal departments in TVB, TV Queen are affected as well. Based on the news reported on 22nd August, Ali Lee (李佳芯) urged the public to register for the citizenship online which angered the Chinese netizens. Hence, her new drama, Death by Zero (殺手) drama was suspended and her female lead role in Who Wants a Baby 2 (BB來了2) series was replaced. As for Kristal Tin (田蕊妮), she was suspected to comment about the endless loop by Chief Executive of Hong Kong and many people suspected she supported Hong Kong secession (港獨). As a result, TVB did not promote her new drama, Girlie Days (她她她的少女時代) on its official website.