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RTHK head refuses to resign after meeting with staff

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 March, 2013, 8:25pm
UPDATED : Friday, 15 March, 2013, 9:00pm

The head of RTHK on Friday dismissed accusations that he was interfering with the public broadcaster’s editorial independence and refused to step down amid growing pressure from staff.

After a two-hour meeting with staff, Director of Broadcasting Roy Tang Yun-kwong apologised over remarks he made publicly earlier against two popular programmes.

He said he recognised his earlier remarks might hurt the feelings of staff, but he would stay in his post. He also rejected claims he was on a political mission to “fix” the government-run station.

Staff members at the station have accused Tang of meddling with editorial independence and censoring their programme ideas.

During Friday’s meeting, the station staff confronted Tang with a number of questions surrounding the issues.

But RTHK staff union chairwoman Janet Mak said they were disappointed because Tang evaded the questions.

The controversy began after acting assistant director of broadcasting Forever Sze Wing-yuen said he and his colleagues felt pressure from above to carry out “political missions”.

Pan-deomcrat legislators said they were now planning to invoke special powers to set up an inquiry into the controversy.



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the sun also rises
an inquiry set up by our trusted and honourable lawmakers to look into the accusations of RTHK staff (most are experienced ones) among them the 32-year-long experienced acting director of broadcasting,Mr.Forever Sze Wing-yuen who claimed that these days , the politcal pressure exerted upon him was the heaviest during his service at that public broadcaster.Not to say other staff------ the producers of current affairs programmes such as 'Headliner', 'City Forum' and 'Commenting and Discussing Current affairs' and other programmes alike.Safeguarding the editorial independence of RTHK is equal to embracing our freedoms of press and expression which are two of our valued core values.Roy Tang Yun-kwong can never understand it, maybe. What he worries/cares most probably is his career prospects by not offending the powerful in town or across the border) and his hidden mission to clean up the Station---getting rid of those trouble-makers whose programmes have long angered the pro-establishment elements in town. Right ?
Another useless inquiry set up by the pan democrats... when will they actually do some real work?
the sun also rises
How can we expect this guy resign from his well-paid job ? Of course not.He even refused to apologize to his staff face-to-face at their meeting this afternoon though his inferior colleagues were greatly hurt by his former accusations through his e-mails or during his press conference ! His not stepping down promptly might bring him more troubles or worries, I should say .As now he is no longer trusted by most of his colleagues (except some who are too eager to please him for promotions) and they just don't respect him for his words and acts.How can he lead the public broadcaster in the coming months ? I wonder. For the smooth operation of the Station and RTHK's audience's sake,Tang's transferral by his boss might be a good option.Right ?


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