The Milestones

1984: Robert Chua created and produced Hong Kong’s first situation comedy ‘Guess who’s coming to Yum Cha‘, an English language pilot starring local celebrities GiGi Wong and Stuart Wolfendale. Mr Chua responded vigorously to critics of the show.

1986: Appointed consultant to Hutchison Whampoa Co’s cable television license application. Proposed a China Cable Channel.

In 1989, the Chuas met with Shanghai vice mayor Mr Liu Zhen Yuan and Head of TV/Radio Bureau Mr Gong Xue Ping
1988: Created and produced Hong Kong’s first video publication `Le Club,’ an innovative adult infotainment video sold at newspaper vendors and video outlets.

1989: Robert Chua is the first media figure to visit China a month after the Tiananmen Square incident, at the invitation of the Shanghai Ministry of Radio and Television. He helped rebuild bridges between the mainland, Hong Kong and the rest of the world

1990: Hong Kong’s most successful Interactive telephone `audiotext’ pioneer, launching several highly popular public services including the `Squidgy’ tapes featuring the Princess of Wales and a `Guess your Age’ game. Another service provided details of a topical court case. He later ceased operation because he refused to accept the adult chat line business.

1993 Aug: Shanghai Broadcast Association “Honorary Member (Director)

1994: Established the 24 hour CETV satellite family channel with the marketing tag `No Sex, No Violence, No News.’ Test broadcasting for 100 days began on 1st December 1994.

Asia Magazine, January 21-23, 1994
1995: CETV began full broadcasting in Mandarin language to audiences around Asia on 11th March. CETV became the first satellite TV channel outside of China to jointly produce a live New Year variety show with a mainland province (Shandong Satellite TV) followed by many other provinces. The following year, in March, Rupert Murdoch launches Hong Kong based Mandarin language channel Phoenix with Chinese partners.

December 1996: Robert Chua is the only Hong Kong television media executive invited to attend the sixth Annual National Congress of Chinese Federation of Literary and Art Circles, attended by Chinese President Jiang Zemin. One of only 13 guests from Hong Kong, Mr Chua represented the media industry at this massive event which attracted 1,350 attendees.

The Chuas with Mr. Zhou Nan,
China News Agency, 1997
1997 June: Robert Chua is invited to attend the ceremony to mark the handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.

1997: Robert Chua is invited to be a member of the Association for the Celebration of the Reunification of Hong Kong with China.

1997 July : Appointed guest professor of News and Media Studies, Nanjing University, China.

1997 June: CETV broadcasts 100 hours of live coverage of Hong Kong’s handover celebrations.

1997 Sept: Project-Hope “Honorary Certificate

1997: CETV forms first joint venture production house with the powerful Chinese Xinhua News Agency to produce documentaries.

1999 Dec: Formed a dotcom company named “ComplainAsia Dotcom Company Limited” ( targeted at the Asian region.

2000 June : Time Warner Inc announces a strategic alliance with CETV. Robert Chua retains his shares in CETV and stays on as chairman also responsible for on-air content.

2000 Aug : Created an innovative internet service that allows users to register all their web address (Emails, WAP, ICQ etc..) to their telephone number.

2001 Nov :Robert Chua appointed as Honorary Committee member of Monte Carlo Television Festival Headed by Honorary Chairman Dick Wolf. H.S.H Crown Prince Albert is the President of the Festival.

2002 Jan :Robert Chua appointed to Banff Television Foundation Board of Governors.

2002 Apr :US based CAA becomes Robert Chua’s agent for programme formats.

2002 Dec :Appointed Consultant to Shanghai Oriental TV Entertainment Channel.

2003 Jan : 1st January Shanghai premiered “Everyone Wins” an original international Quiz/Game show created by Robert Chua. A first for a show to be aired seven nights a week at prime time (8 pm). Within months became the top Quiz/Game Show.

2004 Sept :Foundered Asia first 24 hours interactive channel (TIC) and test broadcast over Hong Kong CableTV with 680,000 households.

2004 Oct :Appointed to Rose D’ OR Advisory Board, the world’s premier festival for television entertainment. The Rose d’Or Advisory Board is composed of industry leaders and is chaired by David Liddiment, the Executive Director of the Old Vic Theatre, London.

2005:Appointed to the NATPE Board(USA), NATPE is a global, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development and distribution of televised programming in all forms across all mature and emerging media platforms. NATPE develops and nurtures opportunities, both commercial and educational, for the buying, selling and sharing of content and ideas.

2006: Robert Chua’s the Interactive Channel Wins The 2006 International Interactive TV Award

2008 Jul :Appointed as a Consultant to Shanghai SMG’s Channel Young.

2010 :Appointed to Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Association of Media Veterans Ltd.

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