For the first time since 1969, the Oscars will not be shown in Hong Kong
Web Desk – For the first time in 50 years, Hong Kong will not host the most important Oscar ceremony in Hollywood.
The local broadcaster says there are doubts about whether Hollywood’s top awards ceremony will be allowed to air in China.
The show has been airing on FreeBay TVB’s English channel since 1969.
No local channel will broadcast the event next month, according to AFP.
“We decided not to show the Oscars on business grounds,” a TVB spokesman told AFP.
The decision comes as Bloomberg News recently reported that the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda department had ordered state media not to broadcast the event live this time around. Don’t broadcast too much news about it.
According to AFP, this time it is because of the Oscar nomination for the documentary “Do Not Split” based on the political situation in Hong Kong and the pro-democracy protests there, as well as the Chinese-American director. There are four nominations for Chloe Zhao’s film No Mainland.
State media has written articles against the documentary, while nationalists have criticized Chloe Zhao online for making a statement a few years ago that was considered anti-China.