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|Broadcast area||Hong Kong|
Macau and parts of Guangdong Province
|Language(s)||English (Primary) |
Putonghua and Cantonese (Secondary)
|Picture format||Analog: 4:3 (SDTV)|
Digital: 16:9 (HDTV)
|Owner||Television Broadcasts Limited|
|Launched||Analog: 19 November 1967|
Digital: 31 December 2007
|Closed||Analog: 30 November 2020|
|Hong Kong analogue||Variable by district|
|Hong Kong digital||Channel 84 (HD)|
TVB Pearl is a terrestrial television channel in Hong Kong owned by Television Broadcasts Limited. Established on 19 November 1967, it shares headquarters with TVB's other properties at TVB City at 77 Chun Choi Street in Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate in Tseung Kwan O, in the Sai Kung District.
This channel mainly broadcasts in English (while all of its sister channels mainly broadcast in Cantonese), although programmes in other languages (including Mandarin, Japanese and Korean) are aired in non-peak hours and Traditional Chinese subtitles are available on some programmes. Since 1991, the channel has used NICAM digital audio (and later, multiple audio tracks via digital terrestrial television) to transmit audio tracks in English and Cantonese when available. The channel began broadcasting in high definition on 28 October 2012.
The schedule of this channel relies heavily on imported programmes, including foreign drama series and movies. Original English-language news and current affairs programmes (such as News at 7:30) and original lifestyle programme Dolce Vita are also available on the channel.
News and public affairs
According to the broadcast regulations in Hong Kong, broadcasting 2.5 hours of RTHK programmes on commercial English-language channels every week was required. Before 2017, such requirement was fulfilled by broadcasting The Pulse (news programme) and The Works (art-related programme). These two programmes were no longer aired on this channel after 2017.
TVB Pearl is broadcast through UHF from its six main transmission stations at Temple Hill, Golden Hill, Castle Peak, Kowloon Peak, Tai Mo Shan, and Lamma Island, and two repeaters at Tsuen Wan and Tsing Yi. The Tsuen Wan repeater started service on 22 August 2003, and the Tsing Yi repeater started on 18 September 2003. The repeaters were built to enhance reception of TVB Pearl.
TVB Pearl is carried in mainland China by Southern Television (南方电视台) in Guangdong and in Guangzhou by Guangzhou Television (广州电视台). Due to censorship policies, some programmes carried by the channel have been censored and substituted with different programmes.
TVB Pearl's analogue transmission ceased on 30 November 2020.
TVB Pearl has received a number of awards throughout its long history of programme production. For example, The Pearl Report: Outsider won a merit at the Hong Kong Human Rights Press Awards 2002. Also, 2008 Olympic Image was awarded the Bronze Medal (Station and Image Production) in the New York Festivals.
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