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Radio Television Hong Kong

Decision on RTHK well-timed for era of rapidly evolving media

The government's decision to uphold RTHK's public service broadcasting role in Hong Kong and to enhance its services to the public is welcome news.

Monday, 12 October, 2009, 12:00am

Taming the beast

The much-adored Cheung Man-yee, once regarded as the most charismatic senior female government official, is again in the media spotlight. In a recent interview with a Chinese-language newspaper, the former head of broadcasting questioned whether RTHK would continue to enjoy editorial independence in the future.

10 Oct 2009 - 12:00am


Wealth gap widens despite achievements

While Beijing has a large-scale military parade and pageant to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the new China, there are countless voices all over the country expressing grievances about different issues.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

I'm still running the show, says RTHK chief

Amid increasing concerns over the role of the new board of government-appointed members to 'advise' on RTHK's editorial policy, the director of broadcasting sought yesterday to assuage fears, stressing he would still be calling the shots.

28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

RTHK chief plays down fears of interference by proposed board

RTHK chief Franklin Wong Wah-kay has played down fears that a proposed board appointed by the chief executive to advise the broadcaster on its editorial policy will be a tool to interfere with its independence.

Wong, the director of broadcasting, said the board could function positively, adding that it should be seen as another platform to channel public views on RTHK.

25 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

It's not the gate but its keeper who matters

After more than two decades of prevarication over the future of RTHK, the government has bravely decided to ignore two supposedly independent reviews and opted for the status quo, albeit with some modifications. Predictably, this mouse-like decision has failed to please advocates of independence for the public broadcaster and disappointed those who want fully fledged state control.

25 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Voice of the public heard in RTHK decision

Radio Television Hong Kong's future has at last been made clear. It will remain a government department and our public service broadcaster. New resources will help it better serve the community. The components for a strong, independent voice have been put in place.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Fireworks to make message clear

Anyone unsure which anniversary the People's Republic of China is celebrating on October 1 will have no doubt after seeing Hong Kong's fireworks display to mark the event.

After a series of scenes emphasising patriotic themes in bursts of brilliant colour, the Chinese characters for 'China 60' will sparkle 60 times over Victoria Harbour.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Still in limbo

In a recent interview to mark his first year in office, Director of Broadcasting Franklin Wong Wah-kay stressed that his views and demands were '100 per cent the same' as the staff who have demanded the government offer clear promises on RTHK's future.

5 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Data collected in diplomatic compounds

Police in Beijing have launched a systematic collection of information on residents in the capital's foreign diplomatic compounds ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.

Officers were seen knocking on doors in the Qijiayuan Diplomatic Compound yesterday, asking residents to register their personal details.

19 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Tsang certain school drug tests will work

Voluntary drug tests in schools must be implemented as soon as possible and would be useful even if students ditched school to avoid the screening, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said as he defended the controversial pilot scheme.

9 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Poor reception

Did you know that digital broadcasting technology exists in Hong Kong and could transform the broadcasting industry overnight, offering infinitely more choice of both radio and television programmes? As matters stand, however, implementation has been thwarted by lack of government action.

31 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Giving public a say can end doubts over RTHK

The chief executive has rightly called the free flow of information a pillar of our city's success. For that we have to thank in large part a free and robust media, including a public broadcaster. As a watchdog on the values of an open society with the rule of law, it helps keep the government honest and on its toes.

29 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Political Animal

From 'broom head' to government head?

Comeback queen Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee's knack for remarkable feats - transforming herself from being lampooned for her hair and reviled for her hard sell on the national security bill in 2003 to the highest rated lawmaker in her maiden year in office - is not about to end it seems.

28 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

RTHK chief fails to back staff protest

The head of the government broadcaster has given his clearest indication that he will not support any high-profile action defending RTHK, days before colleagues, worried about their future, stage a protest.

25 Jul 2009 - 12:00am