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Hong Kong Communications Authority Notes DAB Investment

Three broadcasters have earmarked US$77 million

Hong Kong’s Communications Authority says the territory’s three DAB licensees are investing US$77 million (HK$594 million), according to Asia Radio Today.

Digital Broadcasting Company, Metro Broadcast and Phoenix Radio will reportedly spend the money to construct their DAB network and studio facilities and to create DAB programming over six years.

DBC has set aside HK$391 million for the development of DAB, Metro is expected to spend HK$96.1 million and Phoenix U is investing HK$107.3 million for projects.

This comes in addition to the HK$1.5 billion that analog broadcasters CRHK and Metro plan to spend on their radio services. Public broadcaster RTHK’s investment in digital radio is also excluded from these numbers.

As of March 2013, the media regulator said Hong Kong’s 15 DAB channels broadcast around 2520 hours per week in total.