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 Role and Functions

Composition of the Broadcasting Authority (BA)

The BA has 12 members who are all appointed by the Chief Executive. Nine members including the Chairman, are non-official members drawn from the community. The remaining three are public officers.

Composition of the Broadcasting Authority Complaints Committee (BACC)

The Complaints Committee is responsible for considering complaints about broadcasts and making recommendations to the BA regarding such complaints. The Complaints Committee comprises six BA members and six co-opted non-official members.

Composition of the Broadcasting Authority Codes of Practice Committee (BACPC)

The Codes of Practice Committee is responsible for keeping various broadcasting standards under regular review. It comprises five BA members and five co-opted non-official members.


The BA is a statutory body established in September 1987 under the Broadcasting Authority Ordinance (Cap. 391). Its role is to regulate licensed television and radio broadcasters in Hong Kong through provisions in the Broadcasting Ordinance (Cap. 562), the Telecommunications Ordinance (Cap. 106) and the Broadcasting Authority Ordinance (Cap. 391) .

The Broadcasting Ordinance empowers the BA to perform the following functions:
image666070556 Licence Applications and Renewals
image666070556 Codes of Practice
image666070556 Handling of Complaints
image666070556 Directions to Licensees
image666070556 Exemptions
image666070556 Monitoring Performance
image666070556 Conducting Inquiries
image666070556 Sanctions