Universal Music Southeast Asia is combining the operations of Universal Music Hong Kong and the major's Go East Entertainment subsidiary in the city. "We will streamline the two companies to generate

Universal Music Southeast Asia is combining the operations of Universal Music Hong Kong and the major's Go East Entertainment subsidiary in the city. "We will streamline the two companies to generate more efficiencies," says Universal Southeast Asia president Harry Hui.

Universal Music Hong Kong, Go East and the major's Chinese mainland offices now report to Hung Tik, who is promoted from Go East managing director to Universal MD for China and Hong Kong. Hong Kong president Alex Chan Siu-po will exit at the end of December and will set up an artist management and entertainment company.

A spokesman says Universal does not yet know how many employees will be affected by the changes.

Universal also says it will set up additional offices in mainland China in the first quarter of 2004.

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