Roy Tang Yun-Kwong

Political pressure at RTHK just fact of life, says ex-chief

RTHK Programme Staff Union chairwoman Janet Mak Lai-ching (left) with Cheung Man-yee before yesterday's seminar. Photo: Dickson Lee

Former director of broadcasting Cheung Man-yee has claimed that to deny RTHK staff were subject to political pressure was merely to "deceive oneself", but she insisted that calling for incumbent director Roy Tang Yun-kwong to quit would not solve the problem.

Thursday, 18 April, 2013, 4:45am 1 comment

RTHK union lashes out at chief

Roy Tang Yun-kwong. Photo: Sam Tsang

RTHK's union said its broadcasting director, Roy Tang Yun-kwong, did not tell Legco the "whole truth" when it asked him about claims he has a political agenda at the station.

28 Mar 2013 - 4:50am

The rough and tumble of going on air

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Roy Tang Yun-kwong, the RTHK chief at the centre of a politically charged row, could have seen it coming on his first day on the job. In September 2011, Tang, a veteran civil servant seen as a rising star among administrative officers, was greeted by a black carpet and protesters at the broadcaster's Kowloon Tong offices.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am

Up to the people of Hong Kong to defend press freedom, at RTHK and elsewhere

Forever Sze Wing-yuen

RTHK is caught in the midst of a political storm. The latest controversy involves claims by acting assistant director of TV and corporate business, Forever Sze Wing-yuen, that he would not be promoted to the job on a permanent basis because he refused to carry out "political missions" assigned by his boss.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

Handle broadcaster with care, RTHK's Tang is told

Voice of Loving Hong Kong protesters say Roy Tang wasn't interfering - he was just giving constructive advice to staff. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Exco convenor Lam Woon-kwong has weighed into the escalating row at RTHK, saying its broadcasting director Roy Tang Yun-kwong should exercise caution in his role as it is different from heading up other government departments.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:02am 2 comments

RTHK employee threatens to lift lid on political interference

Roy Tang, the director of broadcasting, meets media at RTHK headquarters in Kowloon Tong where a protester shows a picture of him in a Hitler outfit. He is accused of editorial interference. Photo: Sam Tsang

The RTHK staffer at the heart of the row with the government's broadcasting director yesterday threatened to blow the political interference scandal wide open with more allegations - but only if legislators set up a special select committee to hear evidence.

16 Mar 2013 - 6:44am 6 comments

Ex-RTHK deputy criticises director Roy Tang's leadership

Roy Tang Yun-kwong. Photo: Dickson Lee

A dispute over alleged political censorship at the government-run RTHK continued unabated yesterday as a former deputy director of broadcasting weighed in to criticise the current chief.

Raymond Ng Sek-fai described as "inconceivable" the way broadcasting director Roy Tang Yun-kwong was handling the issue, which he said had thrust RTHK into mayhem not seen in the past three decades.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:03am 5 comments

RTHK chief does not belong: producer

Under attack: Roy Tang

The producer of RTHK's satirical TV show Headliner has questioned the authority of the government's broadcasting director Roy Tang Yun-kwong - who was yesterday confirmed as the author of a leaked e-mail expressing "serious concerns" on a proposal to use Nazi characters in the programme.

14 Mar 2013 - 5:33am 9 comments

RTHK veteran Forever Sze Wing-yuen: I'm under 'political pressure'

Forever Sze says he faces "the biggest pressure" in 30 years.

Reports had claimed the acting assistant director of TV and corporate business, Forever Sze Wing-yuen, would not be promoted to the job on a permanent basis because he had clashed with the station's broadcasting director, Roy Tang Yun-kwong.

13 Mar 2013 - 8:49am 4 comments

RTHK overseer denies revenge over clashes

Roy Tang Yun-kwong

Director of Broadcasting Roy Tang Yun-kwong allegedly decided not to promote acting assistant director of TV and corporate businesses Forever Sze Wing-yuen to the job permanently after the pair clashed.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:47am 3 comments

Tough-talking RTHK TV host silences propaganda fears

Erik Mak's aggressive technique has drawn criticism. Photo: Nora Tam

The weekly programme 'Face to Face' hit the city's free TV channels last month on the orders of RTHK's government-appointed Director of Broadcasting Roy Tang Yun-kwong - sparking speculation that it was intended to be used as a political tool. 

28 Jan 2013 - 5:41am

Reprieve for RTHK's Legco report

Director of Broadcasting Roy Tang Yun-kwong

RTHK chief Roy Tang Yun-kwong yesterday backed down from his controversial suggestion to scrap the TV programme Legco Review, a source said.

He nevertheless plans to press ahead with his proposal for a new one-on-one interview TV programme, which will begin broadcasting next month as scheduled, the source, a person familiar with the situation, said.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:31am

RTHK's new boss deserves a chance

The appointment of a senior bureaucrat to lead RTHK last month remains a source of discontent among the broadcaster's staff. A staff union, after rolling out a 'black carpet' to greet Roy Tang Yun-kwong on his first day of work, has conducted a 'referendum' in which 88 per cent of the staff were found to be against his appointment. Some even supported going on strike.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

RTHK will be run by an insider ... one day

The civil service veteran who was picked to head RTHK even though he had no broadcasting experience will be replaced by someone from within the station when a suitable replacement becomes available, the government says.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Kweku Adoboli

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am