Sacked Commercial Radio host Li Wei-ling said on Monday the broadcaster had always assured that her prime morning show had stable advertising before moving her to a less prominent slot in November.
"I’ve always asked the company about the ratings and advertising; it’s always said [they were] OK," said Li.
The popular host was speaking on a DBC digital radio station programme on Monday hosted by Albert Cheng King-hon. The pair was in a change of positions from ten years ago, when Li, then a new host at Commerical Radio, invited Cheng to her show after he was sacked by the station.
Li, an outspoken government critic, said she firmly believed that the decision to sack her was politically driven. She said it showed the radio bowed to the Leung Chun-ying government’s suppression ahead of its licence renewal in 2016.
Her dismissal last week sparked concerns on the radio’s stance on free speech and free press.
But Commercial Radio – which has not given a detailed explanation over Li’s sacking - blamed her uncooperative attitude after a November reshuffle in which she was moved back to a less prominent evening slot she had previously held.
Li said she believed the government now wouldn’t dare reject the station’s application to renew its licence.