Monday, March 15, 2010

TVB involved in corruption case, Stephen Chan and 4 other people arrested

ICAC arrested 5 persons, including TVB Co. LTD's general manager Stephen Chan, as they are involved in a corruption case.

ICAC stated that this time action made them put 5 people under arrest, among them were 4 staff members of a Television station suspected of corruption charges. And the last one is a director of an advertising company.

Mr. Tsang Sing Ming, assistant manager of TVB's external affairs department confirmed that ICAC was investigating on a corruption case and 4 members of TVB got involved, the four's positions have been suspended already and they will help ICAC with the investigation.

He stated that from his understanding, the 4 are respectively TVB's GM Stephen Chan, Sales and Marketing department bussiness development director 陳永孫 Chan Rong Suen, Artist section actress Nin Jing (assistant in the TV show "Be My Guest") and Artist section producer Ronald Chin 錢國偉. Ronald Chin is the producer of the TV show "Beautiful Cooking". The last person involved is an advertising company's director, he is also Chan's personal assistant.

He says that due to the secrecy that the ICAC investigation has to stay under, they still don't know the details of the case. He stresses that it definitly will not have any influence over TVB functioning normally.

ICAC officers arrested Stephen Chan at around 4 PM, then coming back to TVB city to investigate. Many reporters surrounded the car in order to get interviews, but because the car''s curtains were put on, it was impossible to see the people in the car. 5 minutes after it parked, Stephen Chan opened the door coming out of it wearing a grey jacket, many journalists rushed to take pictures, the whole situation getting messy. Stephen reminded the journalists to be careful and shoed the elevator to the ICAC agents. In the end ICAC agents brought Stephen back to the office for investigation purposes.

Translations credit to little bee @

Follow up articles to date:

Stephen Chan arrested by ICAC, Erica Yuen says TVB harshly uses people

TVB General Manager Stephen Chan, Producer Ronald Chin, Business Development, Sales & Marketing director Wilson Chan Wing Suen and other executives were arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) yesterday. The incident shook the entire Hong Kong entertainment circle. It was said that TVB staff were ordered to seal their mouths, several behind the scenes crew, Charmaine Sheh and other artists cannot give a response. Vinci Wong was once rumored to not get along with Stephen, he felt that the incident was not anything strange: "There's no smoke without fire". Also Erica Yuen who had always been unhappy with TVB gave them a few more kicks by saying that TVB harshly uses people.

Once had contract disputes with TVB, Erica Yuen added a few more kicks on TVB after the news broke out that their executives were arrested, she said: "ICAC arresting people would always have evidence. If they took action to arrest them, then there must be sufficient evidence, otherwise they wouldn't have done it. People who didn't do it, then they didn't do it. (What do you think of Stephen's personality?) I don't know! Someone takes care of all aspects well. I didn't say who! (There seems to be so much happening to TVB this year!) TVB uses people harshly, I didn't so who, but there are so many executives having problems, there must be a relationship! (Have to pray to the lords?) Body not straight, any praying won't help!"

Stephen Chan's other "enemy" Vinci Wong frankly said that he does not keep in touch with him, he's only worried about the executive Ho Lai Cheun who he has dinner with often, fortunately he was not part of the arrest. Towards Stephen being arrested, Vinci said: "He's been an official once and has been the executive of different departments, so is especially sensitive towards these cases, have do be extra careful when doing things. But, this time if ICAC investigations are involved, then there is definitely something wrong, I don't think it's anything strange."

Vinci Wong also expressed that he does not keep in touch with Stephen, the last time he saw him was with Liza Wang told him to check the live version of , Vinci said: "I called Stephen to buy tickets, he told me to call Amigo Chui. (You don't get along with Amigo!) That's just what people say, but we are ok. I even went in backstage with him to say hi to Stephen. As the audience, I really admire Stephen's hosting work. (What do you feel about Stephen?) I do not know hm well, I don't know. (Have you gossiped about what exactly happened?) Yes, I heard that he and his assistant were opening a company together and used his own home address to register. (Opening his own company to make a profit, would there be a conflict?) No one said that people can't open their own business despite working in another one, but have to see if there is a contradiction. Earlier it was said that he was leaving TVB, there's no smoke without fire!" Also, there was a report that someone invited Vinci back to TVB, he avoided: "No executive invited me, a behind the scenes crew asked me. I am in discussion with iCable currently. Right now, I can say that I am not signing for any TV network, I have my own business."

Also, as a TVB contracted artist, it is believed that Charmaine Sheh received the sealing mouth orders. Yesterday afternoon, she and friends were in Central having lunch, speaking of Stephen's arrest, she just smiled and shook her head. Asked if she's worried? She only shook her head and did not respond. Eric Tsang also did a 360 degree turn to avoid the media in his car. When his car stopped, a large group of reporters surrounded, he slowly walked and said: "I just got off of my flight, I don't know anything. (Have you contacted Ronald Chin?) I don't know whats going on, I have to get an understanding first. (Have you asked Virgina Lok?) I haven't yet, everyone is currently in a meeting. (How do you feel about the incident?) I don't think so right?"

Translated by aznangel @

TVB "closes the city" avoiding media interviews; Twins feels sad for Stephen Chan

TVB General Manager Stephen Chan was arrested by the ICAC due to being involved in a corruption case, Stephen was detained overnight by the ICAC. Yesterday morning, outside of Tseung Kwan O TVB City stood a large group of reporters. In order to avoid the chaotic repeated scene of Stephen's public arrest by the ICAC and for the convenience of the investigations, TVB took action by "closing the city", temporarily stopped allowing the media to enter TVB City for interviews. Stephen's favorite Hins Cheung felt that TVB's action was reasonable, he felt regret towards the incident and expressed that he also knows Stephen Chan's personal assistant (Chung Pooi Kwan) who was also arrested. In 2007, Hins' concert was produced by his company, his impression on Chung Pooi Kwan is that he's hard working and is brave in getting to know people.

Yesterday at 8am, the media waited outside TVB City until 10am where the PR personnel suddenly notified them that they are not allow interviews at this time. Reporters did not give up and stood outside the door until 12pm, where a group of security members came out to put up more railings to prevent reporters from breaking in. The <戀戀沖繩> press conference that initially was suppose to happen at 3pm with Ella Koon and Christine Kuo in attendance had to be canceled as well.

Director of Foreign Affairs (Tsang Sing Ming) expressed that the other day when Stephen Chan was arrested, a chaotic scene occurred where a reporter fell down and was injured, the camera lense were damaged. During this critical period, we temporarily stopped allowing the media to enter for interviews, but believe the closure will only be for a short period of time, hope everyone understands and can tolerate that.

Twins unhappy to hear about Stephen Chan's arrest

Due to Stephen and 3 other TVB employees getting arrested for corruption, their jobs have been halted, but tonight's episode of which features Twins' interview will still broadcast as scheduled. Twins heard about Stephen's incident and felt unhappy, the two expressed that Stephen has always given them a really nice impression. He often jokes and is very positive. The interview happened a month ago, at the time he was still laughing a lot with interest, didn't notice that there was anything wrong.

Corruption case relates to All Singers for TVB Anniversary 2009?

This time TVB executives suspected of corruption, it was said that the case had to with last year's and Gary Cao's Macau concert. Yesterday Hins Cheung arrived at CRHK for an interview and was asked about the incident, he said: "I have always treated Stephen as a senior, I felt really surprised when he was arrested, I don't have any opinions on this incident, I don't want to say too much." Rumors say that the incident is related to ? Hins said: "All shows that go on TV, I have always left it for my company to handle." Does singers have money to pocket? Hins said: "My pay is managed by my manager, who already showed me the big numbers."

Last night Gary Cao, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Lo and Niki Chow attended an event. Gary's Macau concert was produced by Stephen's personal assistant advertisement company, does it include doing promotions? Gary expressed that he was shocked to see the repor, but is not clear of what happened. He strongly stressed that he knew Stephen's personal assistant first because he was introduced to him by Taiwanese friends, after two years, he met Stephen. The Macau concert was his only collaboration with him. As far as Gary knows, the Macau concert was hosted by Venetian hotel and his company was responsible for the production and promotions.

Niki Chow was also shocked about the news, she has never experienced a time where she was requested to reduce her pay for promotions. Everything is left fo her company to discuss because this protects artists personal image.

Translation credits to aZnangel @
Ivy: I guess from the moment rumours of Stephen wanting to resign from TVB circulated, the question of what is going to happen next is predictable. All the articles above are very fuzzy, because obviously reporters could only write from assumptions and also through interpretation of artiste comments which are prone to mistakes.

As of what I heard now, seems like Stephen owned his own advertising/PR company and sort of forced artistes to use his company by offering them a lower price compared to the market price outside. And seems like for now, ICAC is investigating all the artiste that collaborated with Stephen before including Tavia Yeung, Steven Ma and Shirley Yeung.

Next, it is rumoured that ICAC will be investigating all the singers next because they were part of the All Singers for TVB Anniversary show. Tiger year is a bad start for TVB~ Their shares are probably dropping now in the stock exchange!!

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