Allen Lee back on air for poll forums

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 July, 2004, 12:00am

Veteran politician Allen Lee Peng-fei, who made a high-profile exit from his radio talk show after receiving an intimidating call from a mainland official, will be back on air to host election forums.


He announced his comeback yesterday as his predecessor, Albert Cheng King-hon, who temporarily quit the same programme in May citing political pressure, dismissed rumours that he will announce his final departure when he returns from leave in September.


Mr Lee, who left his Commercial Radio role weeks after standing in for Cheng in May, said he would not be taking sides in his new broadcast job.


'I am hosting the forums for Legco candidates, where I will only ask questions about their platforms and past record,' he said. 'There is no political pressure as I will stay away from current affairs programmes until after the election.'


The live forums will be aired by Cable TV from August 4. They will cover candidates in four functional constituencies and five geographical constituencies.


Mr Lee said he would return to hosting current affairs programmes on Cable TV after the September 12 elections.


Meanwhile, Cheng denied reports that he would return to the Teacup in a Storm programme on September 28 only to announce his permanent departure. 'I am not going to make a show for the radio if I am fired by them,' he said.


Rumours have been circulating that Commercial Radio was sacking Cheng because of a dispute.


He plans to stay on after his return, but 'who knows what will happen in the long term', he said.


 

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