Legco sends plans for RTHK HQ back to the drawing board

RTHK’s Tai Keen-man

A controversial plan to build a new RTHK headquarters has been scrapped and a multibillion-dollar government funding request withdrawn in the face of opposition from Beijing loyalists in Legco.

Thursday, 30 January, 2014, 2:43pm 6 comments

Legislators' rebuff of budget for new RTHK home goes against reason

An artist impression of the new RTHK headquarters in Tseung Kwan O. Photo: SCMP

I do not understand how lawmakers' minds work. Since it has been agreed that a new RTHK broadcasting centre will be built, the only thing legislators needed to do was make sure what is needed justified the HK$6.1 billion budget. Turning down the funding request just because it was - to quote legislator Elizabeth Quat of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong - "an astronomical sum of money" is not a valid reason.

8 Jan 2014 - 2:47am 8 comments

Big-hearted Hong Kong executive gets to be fashion celebrity for a day

Glimpses of Eve Patton's day of pampering. Photo: Carmen Chan

When Eve Patton joined 40 glamorous women from around the globe for a classic car tour of Tuscany in 2011, she did it in style: in a 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

11 Nov 2013 - 3:50pm

Broadcasters get one year to produce electronic guide

Protesters supported DBC last year. Photo: Edward Wong

Three digital broadcasters have been given only another year to produce an electronic programme guide, although they had asked for an indefinite extension.

The Communications Authority ordered the three to comply with their licence requirements by September 21, 2014.

It said it did not consider their request for an indefinite postponement justifiable.

7 May 2013 - 5:05am

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.

18 Apr 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

RTHK extends veteran Forever Sze's acting period amid row

Forever Sze Wing-yuen

An RTHK senior executive at the centre of a storm over alleged political censorship at the government-run broadcaster has had his period as acting assistant director of broadcasting extended until further notice.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

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

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

Shipment of illegal ivory seized in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

On the government wondering what to do with the 16 tonnes of illegal ivory it has confiscated since 2008,  allegations of political interference at RTHK, and  hopes that relations between Beijing and the Vatican will improve under the new pope.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 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