Bosses pull the plug on Teacup in a Storm

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 September, 2004, 12:00am

Teacup in a Storm, the most popular radio programme in town for the past 10 years, will go off the air next month, sources close to Commercial Radio said yesterday.

It will be replaced by a new morning show hosted by film producer Shi Nan-sun.

Ms Shi, the wife of veteran film director Tsui Hark, is a partner of his Film Workshop and used to be vice-chairwoman of Media Asia, the company that produced the popular police thriller series of films Infernal Affairs.

The evening talk show, Close Encounters of a Political Kind, which used to be hosted by Wong Yuk-man, will also be replaced as part of the station's relaunch of its public affairs programmes. It is understood that management hopes Ms Shi's programme will be more popular and influential in setting the social and political agenda.

Sources said the station wanted to re-establish itself as a voice for justice and free speech following the departure of Teacup in a Storm host Albert Cheng King-hon.

Lo Ho-wing, executive producer of Teacup in a Storm and currently a host for the show, will be Ms Shi's producer on the new programme.

It will feature a section on phone-in complaints. Ms Shi, a close friend of Commercial Radio's vice-chairman Winnie Yu, will work on the programme with a co-host.

Siring Li Wei-ling, who is hosting the evening show, will host a new programme in the same time slot.

Mr Cheng, who is now a legislator-elect, was sacked in July on the grounds that he took leave in May. Peter Lam Yuk-wah, who co-hosted the talk show with Mr Cheng for the past 10 years, also quit the programme.

Mr Cheng, nicknamed Taipan, left for the show temporarily in May after receiving threats that he should stop criticising the government on his programme.

Mr Wong also quit the evening show, citing political intimidation.