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Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Story Of HK Commercial Television (佳藝電視臺)
As I am reading the bizarre
news of missing flight MH370, I remembered a story concerning HK CTV now ceased
operation. The Commercial Television (CTV) was the third free Hong Kong
commercial TV which started business on November 7, 1975 but closed on August
22, 1978. There is a rumor going about the proposed date selected for the
The below story
is as I heard from an old astrologer friend:
It was said that in 1975 (乙卯), the CTV management has selected a san-sha (三煞) month and
time for the TV station’s opening ceremony. According from an insider story
that the purpose of selecting such an inauspicious timing was because the
broadcasting industry in HK was like a war zone, since there were three TV
companies at that time; the management decided to ‘fight san-sha’ (斗三煞). It
seems like that the idea was taken from ‘the story of Liu-powen fight san-sha’
The opening ceremony was set at 4pm but rain started
to pour down heavily few hours earlier and the situation worsened during the HK
governor’s speech at that time. The rain continued through the night. That was
the first indication of very bad omen to CTV.
My pal has guessed that the CTV management at that
time wanted to mimic the san-sha fighting story so they invited the governor
and many VIPs to attend the opening ceremony in the hope that these VIPs can
overcome the san-sha.
However, things went quite unexpected as the governor
didn’t attend the ceremony and added to the extremely bad weather; the VIPs
were also absent! Frankly speaking, there weren’t anyone to fight the ‘sha’ so
In addition to the already bad omen was that one of the program
broadcasted was “the story of the three kingdoms” (三國志). In the
story of the three kingdoms, the kingdom of Shu (蜀國) where
the main heroes were from was destroyed first; more significantly the story was
handpicked by the general manager himself.
astrologers were being advised not to ‘fight san-sha’ unless one is super
confident. There are just too many bad examples around and one pretty recently
too! Personally I think the ‘the story of Liu-powen fight san-sha’ (劉伯溫斗三煞) is just a
folklore and cannot be trusted.