Should read: www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1261051/its-now-or-never-says-frustrated-free-tv-player
"Wong said the show deviated from TVB's conventional approach, looking to US dramas. While he was confident about the production quality, he said it would be tough to overcome the public's "emotional attachment" to TVB over the past 45 years."
But I do agree with you that TVB isn't as good as it use to. I don't watch all the shows being broadcast today. Maybe they just don't have enough competition with ATV basically being dead. ATV is only good for horse race and maybe mainland viewers.
With the pressure from both ATV and TVB putting to the government, I don't think HKTV will get the license anytime soon. I would think 2015 would be the day the license issue will be resolve since that is the year when ATV and TVB license will expire.