AS FAR as I can judge, RTHK does a very good job with the funds at its disposal. If I were in charge my first move would be to demand more money, so contributors could be adequately paid and more could be spent on news-gathering. Then I would introduce the following improvements: Cut down the amount of muzak transmitted and make more use of BBC material available from London. Of course it is a time-consuming and demanding process, listening to hours of tapes to find what is useful for Hong Kong audiences, but I think it would be worthwhile. Expand the news team to provide more human interest in features and news. Of course, RTHK must report the 'official' news - the government statements, the cut-and-thrust of local politics - however, there should be a further commitment to bring the communities closer by showing one half how the other lives. Improve Letter From Hong Kong. Too many contributors to this important programme don't know how to broadcast and talk about matters which have little to do with Hong Kong. With some admirable exceptions, RTHK too often introduces the interviewee with his or her background only at the beginning of the interview. So if the listener switches on at any time other than the start, the interview remains largely mysterious. Hong Kong Today is a very good programme but its first half-hour often brings interesting material which is not repeated. So if you wake at 7.30 am, you miss the best part. This should be remedied. There could be a slightly greater infusion of classical music, now that so much of the talk on Radio 4 is in Cantonese. Media observer Anthony Lawrence is a former Far East Correspondent for the BBC. He worked for the London-based organisation from 1946 to 1975, taking on responsibility for Asian news, including China-watching, in 1956.