Struggling financially for years, ATV may be on the brink of collapse if it does not receive an injection of new revenue.
The station has been unable to pay many of its staff members in the last two months. Although ATV proposed cutting costs and selling low-cost advertisements, it struggled to even provide the basic benefits for their artistes at the station.
According to an article in Jayne Stars, among ATV’s cost-cutting measures include reduced cafeteria hours.
With new cafeteria hours of operations running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, many of ATV’s staff and artistes became highly displeased as many of them work fairly late into the evening. ATV’s cafeteria menu also underwent several changes and has discontinued combo meal plans and the serving of noodles.
Perhaps due to staff outcry, ATV announced that they would resume normal cafeteria hours on January 12. Admitting to having problems with paying employee salaries earlier, ATV’s spokesperson, Wong Sau Tung (黃守東) came forth about the recent changes being made at the studio.
“There are a lot of colleagues that are on vacation in January and adjustments had to be made to the janitorial staffing. But we will ensure a sufficient number of employees.”
As to why some of the water dispenser machines mysteriously disappeared at the ATV studio as well as lack of refills, Wong Sau Tung said he was unsure as he was on vacation himself.