Friday, July 08, 2011
TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan could receive appearance money for outside performances if he was invited by a third party, the District Court was told.
Ho Lai-chuen, former TVB non- drama production controller, said he knew the broadcaster would not pay Chan, 51, and freelance artist Wayne Lai Yiu-cheung for taking part in a Be My Guest sideshow during the 2009 countdown program at Olympic City.
A TVB staffer could have a second "identity" during the show, Ho said, adding that he knew the shopping mall invited them.
But he said TVB would not receive money for Chan's outside job if a company invited him "since Chan was not a management artist," Ho said.
Wong Ching-yue, senior counsel for second defendant Edthancy Tseng Pei- kun, 28, asked if Chan could accept money from his agent if he had one. "If he has his agent, yes," Ho replied.
However, Ho also said Chan should have sought written approval beforehand and he said did not know if Chan and the broadcaster had reached any agreement on outside jobs.
Ho said although Chan was entitled to receive appearance money, he actually did not receive money, in reply to a question from senior counsel Joseph Tse Wah-yuen, for Chan.
In respect of third defendant Wilson Chan Wing-suen, 63, Ho agreed he had been diligent and loyal in his 30 years as former head of business development.
Wilson Chan had the highest profit margin in his department, and earned the nickname Dai Kau Chin (a big stack of money).
Ho said that in May 2009, TVB had considered dropping the broadcaster's anniversary celebration for economic reasons.
The budget for the celebration reached HK$10 million at one point, with George Chan Ching-cheong, then TVB assistant managing director, calling it "unrealistic" and vetoing it.
Wilson Chan indicated in June that year he had found a sponsor and salvaged the celebration.
The trial continues today.
Source: The Standard, Oriental Daily (image)
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