Listeners' tragic loss

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 May, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 May, 1993, 12:00am

I CANNOT agree more with Glenn Gale's suggestion (Keeping Posted, May 1) of having another radio station airing a sequel to Mr Roger Thomas's Convers Asians talk show run by the now defunct Metro News, hosted obviously by the eloquent speaker, Mr Roger Thomas.

In fact, Thomas's show was but one of the many well-produced programmes on Metro News. Metro had been doing an excellent job. What has it done to deserve this tragic end? As a matter of fact, Metro News has played a vital role never performed by any other radio stations in town. Its demise is a tragic loss to the listeners.

I have talked to a spokesman from Metro, and Mr Ralph Pixton of RTHK, on the possibility of a salvage operation to keep Metro News on air. Their replies were similar in that Metro was a privately funded station which depended heavily on commercial sponsorship. It was the lack of such support which killed the channel. I take this opportunity to call upon government officials, and heads of any major corporations who should have felt a sense of responsibility in keeping Metro running, to act.

Metro has helped turn the wheels of the economy through the years by disseminating a constant stream of vital information through the air, 24 hours a day, 356 days a year. After all, Mr Li Ka-shing is rich enough to lose a few bucks to continue running such an invaluable service to tens of thousands of people like me, who are eager to listen to news and commentary-type programmes, rather than the mumbo jumbo by empty-headed DJs.

JOEY LO Kowloon