June 28, 2002

China’s English International Channel (CCTV-9) Debuts
on Hong Kong Cable

 (Hong Kong    June 28, 2002)      China Central Television (CCTV) and Hong Kong Cable Television Limited  (Hong Kong Cable) jointly announced today that CCTV-9, the English international channel of CCTV, will be carried by Hong Kong Cable from July 1.

CCTV-9 provides English-speaking viewers in China and around the world with a wide array of news and current affairs programmes 24 hours a day.  The channel also offers a variety of feature and entertainment programmes with insight into China’s politics, economy, history, culture, customs and all other social aspects.  The channel will appear as Channel 24 on Hong Kong Cable’s digital platform.

The announcement was made today at a ceremony hosted by the Deputy Chief Editor of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television of China (SARFT), Mr Tian Jin; the Deputy Channel Manager of CCTV, Mr Zhang Changming; and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Cable, Mr Stephen T.H. Ng

“We are glad that CCTV-9 will land in Hong Kong, providing a reliable, updated and comprehensive news service about China to English-speaking viewers.  The channel will also enrich their understanding of China and to promote the exchanges between China and the rest of the world through the wide variety of programmes that are offered by the channel, “ the Deputy Channel Manager of CCTV, Mr Zhang Changming said.

“With the increasingly closer tie between China and the rest of the world, the carriage of CCTV-9 by Hong Kong Cable will no doubt offer an opportunity for our English speaking viewers to gain a better understanding and keep abreast of the developments in the Mainland.  At the same time, the channel will further strengthen our news and information platform,” the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Cable, Mr Stephen T.H. Ng, said.

The Deputy Chief Editor of SARFT, Mr Tian Jin said the carriage of CCTV-9 will go a long way to promote better understanding and relationship between China and Hong Kong as well as with the rest of the world.

On top of CCTV-9, Hong Kong Cable has been carrying CCTV-4, a Putonghua satellite channel which offers reports on modern China’s politics, economics, society, culture, science, education and sports in an objective and timely manner.

About CCTV-9

CCTV-9 was officially launched on September 25, 2000.  It provides current news on China as well as reports concerning the nation’s history and culture.  CCTV-9 has been broadcasting in several American cities including New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, as well as Africa and Macau via Cable TV or satellite TV.

About Hong Kong Cable Television Limited

Hong Kong Cable Television Limited is the leading Pay TV service provider in Hong Kong. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the publicly-listed i-CABLE Communications Limited. i-CABLE Communications Limited is Hong Kong’s only fully integrated communications company which owns and operates the territory’s second near-universal telecommunications network; creates its own multimedia contents; and provides Pay TV and Internet access service, including Broadband service, at the same time.

i-CABLE is listed in both the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 1097) and NASDAQ is the US (Symbol: ICAB). i-CABLE is  79.4% held by The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, which is also listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 0004).