Hong Kong‘s Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) decided Monday not to broadcast the 93rd Academy Awards, scheduled for April 26 in the United States. This is the first Time since 1969 that TVB has not broadcast the awards ceremony on its English-language channel.
According to Hong Kong media, a TVB Line spokesperson responded that it did not purchase the broadcast rights this year based on a “purely commercial decision” and would not continue discussions on the matter.
Meanwhile, other TV stations such as NowTV, ViuTV, Cable TV and Hong Kong Open TV have not been granted the broadcasting rights for the award ceremony.
A report by Hong Kong Free Press, an English-language online media outlet in Hong Kong, analyzed “Do Not Split,” which is based on Hong Kong’s “anti-China” movement. It is suspected that the Oscar nomination of the film “No Place to Call Home” by the Chinese director Zhao Ting, which is accused of insulting China, has touched a sensitive nerve with the authorities.
The Chinese Communist Party‘s Ministry of Propaganda has asked official media to keep their coverage of the Oscars low and to cancel live broadcasts, which is believed to be related to the suspension of the Oscars in Hong Kong for the first time in 52 years.