Chris Patten

Old master Thatcher's lesson in realism on handover

Sir Percy Cradock, former Foreign Affairs Advisor to the British Prime Minister. Photo: SCMP

The two British architects of Hong Kong's return to China are now dead. First it was Percy Cradock. Now, it's his boss Margaret Thatcher. Yet, the logic of their arguments for preserving Hong Kong's way of life by not confronting but by negotiating with Beijing and securing guarantees from it is still with us. It still very much underlies the thinking of the more intelligent and principled people from the pro-Beijing camp in Hong Kong.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 3:03am 5 comments

Jimmy Savile scandal left BBC frantic: Chris Patten

Former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten. Photo: AP

In 3,000 pages of e-mails and interviews published on Friday, the BBC's top officials have harsh words for the institutional culture of BBC, which has seen its reputation been tarnished by a paedophilia scandal.

23 Feb 2013 - 3:31am

Entwistle entitled to big pay-off, says BBC chairman

BBC acting director general Tim Davie and BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten appear before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Photo: Reuters

BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten denied that he should have been more involved in controversial Newsnight programmes and defended the amount of time he spends working at the broadcaster in a clash with lawmakers yesterday.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:38am

Who said it?

Alan Lee Yiu-Kwong

I'm not sure the government knows what an international maritime centre is

28 Nov 2012 - 5:53am

BBC faces credibility crisis over botched paedophile probes

Contradictory signs at the BBC New Broadcasting House in London suggest that the crisis-hit corporation may have lost its direction, temporarily at least, following the airing of false child sex abuse claims against a former politician. Photo: Reuters

They are words that the BBC isn’t accustomed to hearing about itself: “shoddy journalism” on one of its premier investigative programmes, “unacceptable mistakes” by senior staff, a director general with “the leadership qualities of Winnie the Pooh”.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Chris Patten urged to quit BBC over George Entwistle's reported pay-off

Chris Patten has vowed to restore confidence and trust in Britain's public broadcaster. Photo: AP

Pressure mounted yesterday on Chris Patten, former Hong Kong governor and now chairman of the BBC's governing board, after two senior executives stepped aside - widening the fallout from errors in child-sex abuse investigations that forced the broadcaster's director general to quit.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:30am

Patten says BBC must have thorough radical overhaul

George Entwistle (left) and Chris Patten at BBC headquarters. Photo: AP

Britain's BBC must undergo a radical overhaul in the wake of "shoddy" journalism which led to the resignation of its chief or its future will be in doubt, Chris Patten, the head of the state-funded broadcaster's governing body, said yesterday.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:55am

BBC needs overhaul after sex abuse crisis, Trust head Chris Patten says

BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten (right), with former BBC director-general George Entwistle. Photo: AP

The chairman of the BBC Trust said on Sunday that the British broadcaster was in need of a major overhaul following the crisis over its child sex abuse report that led to the resignation of its director-general.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

BBC Trust chief Chris Patten reaffirms autonomy amid Jimmy Savile scandal

Chris Patten outside Broadcasting House, London.

BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten yesterday reaffirmed the broadcaster's independence after the British government told it to get a grip over the Jimmy Savile child sex abuse scandal.

Patten was involved in a testy exchange of letters with Britain's culture minister, who expressed concern about the handling of the issue by the world's largest public broadcaster.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:44am

Patten lacked long-term perspective, ex-diplomat writes

Chris Patten

Hong Kong's last governor, Chris Patten, did not develop a long-term perspective on Sino-British relations, a former senior British diplomat says. That's because, as a politician his strategy was "getting through to lunch" rather than one getting through to June 1997, the city's final month of colonial rule, the diplomat writes in a memoir.

16 Oct 2012 - 3:57am

Talking Points

Chen Zuoer

Handover memoir set for official launch

20 Sep 2012 - 3:50am

Familiar Patten

There's a Dalek standing next to Chris Patten's office at the BBC. Most people who have been exposed to British television know about the Daleks, the implacable ('Exterminate! Exterminate!') cyborg foes of Doctor Who; it's only a black-and-white image, on a floor-to-ceiling pillar, but it's imposing enough to create a significant frisson if you're holding a mug of BBC tea.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Leung stepping in the right direction

We have not seen anything quite like it since the last colonial governor 15 years ago - a leader reaching out to ordinary people in the street. The similarities between Hong Kong chief executive-designate Leung Chun-ying and Chris Patten do not end there. Patten was, of course, a career elected politician. Leung is acting like one.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Patten speaks up in defence of Donald

Retiring Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen doesn't have many friends these days. But since the furore over 'Luxurygate', two people of impeccable integrity and with no skin in the fight have come out in his defence, and no one paid any attention.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Patten offers would-be chiefs tips

He is not familiar with the two likely candidates for chief executive, but Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong, says both will need a thorough understanding of what service means in order to lead the city.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am