On 23rd August 2019, TVB terminated 20 staff suddenly and they were ordered to leave immediately. TVB general manager, Mark Lee (李寶安) explained to the media on that day: “The company’s sales revenue is affected because of the instability in the market and political problems. Hence, restructuring and reducing the manpower is necessary.” According to the information, 20 employees came from different departments such as fan-subtitled, engineering, voice-dubbed and drama including 2 television directors and a coordinator for Come Home Love: Lo and Behold (愛．回家之開心速遞) sitcom. 2 days later, a group of former TVB staff posted a message in the discussion forum and said: “We are a group of staff dismissed from TVB and would like to inform the public that there is “white terror” in the company all along. Please take note and be careful.” The content is related to supporting the 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests through their personal speeches.
Below is the contents:
The “white terror” exists in TVB and 20 employees terminated confessed they supported Hong Kong protests and took photos of their staff pass. They hanged the black and white flag on the wall in the building and promoted the demonstrations by taking the brochure and banner back to the company. It might include hiding the helmet and prop for attacking people. 20 staff were escorted by the security team to human resources department which informed them about the termination based on poor sales revenue as the reason. The department heads were absent throughout the process.
To all TVB staff, please be careful about your online speeches and the stuff that you bring back to the company. The politics will look for you even if you ignore it. It is only the beginning and more will be coming. Please take good care of yourselves and refrain from commenting about the politics in the company openly, because there is many CCTV in CCTVB!”
When HK01 (香港01) verified with TVB again, it reemphasised that the staff dismissal was to reduce the manpower in the company: “According to the sales revenue report released this week, the company’s income is affected because of the poor economy and political problems which cause uncertainty in the future outlook. Thus, restructuring and decreasing manpower is necessary and 20 employees from different departments are affected.”