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The MSAR Government has finally compensated for its failure to comply with its duties by allowing public antenna companies to illegally retransmit TV signals

Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac confirmed to media on Friday that the government has already paid MOP200 million (US$25 million) in compensation to Macau Cable Television Company Ltd. per a court decision that the government has no right to lodge any further appeal.
Mr. Leong made the confirmation on the sidelines of a meeting with the Standing Committee for the Co-ordination of Social Affairs.
In July, the Court of Second Instance confirmed the decision of the Administrative Court that ruled that the government had to pay Macau Cable TV compensation for its failure to comply with its duties, as defined in the Terrestrial Subscription TV Service Concession Contract signed with the company, by allowing public antenna companies to illegally retransmit TV signals.
The act of the illegal retransmitting of the TV signals by public antenna companies from 2006 to 2009 also led to the unauthorised relay of English Premier League football matches that Thailand’s TrueVisions sports channel was broadcasting at the time – a channel available for Macau Cable TV’s subscribers.
In 2012, the Administrative Court ruled that the government would have to compensate Macau Cable TV MOP200 million, an amount that was smaller than the company’s suffered losses, which amounted to MOP238 million.
The Administrative Court’s decision to reduce the compensation was based on the considerations that the company could have taken the government to court earlier to minimise its losses instead of waiting 11 years before taking legal action, as well as the fact that the largest shareholder of the company (Lam Io Fun) was also the largest shareholder of Kong Seng Paging, which until 2007 was one of the ‘major public antenna companies’ involved in the illegal TV retransmission.

Leong: Government to determine Canidrome future
Speaking to media on Friday, Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said that the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) has already appointed an academic institution to study the concession terms for the operation of the Canidrome greyhound track. The Secretary added that opinions from residents living near the Canidrome as well as tourists will be collected for analysis regarding whether the operation of the greyhound track should continue. The concession for Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome to run the track expires on December 31, 2015.