Franklin Global Network’s decision to broadcast China’s National Day parade live from Beijing, complete with effusive commentary on the Big Motherland’s progress under the wise rule of the Communist Party, is a turning point in my novel Hong Kong On Air.
Today, in the midst of multiple natural disasters across the Asia-Pacific region leaving hundreds dead, CNN dedicated two hours of its Asia programming to live coverage of China’s National Day parade from Beijing, preempting Anderson Cooper 360. Anchor Anna Coren in Hong Kong called the 60th anniversary celebration, “A grand spectacle on an enormous scale that only China can do.”
If Coren has read Hong Kong On Air, she knows not to sign any long term leases.
Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, financial crisis, and cheap lingerie.