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.