STUDENTS' indifference towards Hong Kong politics and current events should come to a halt at a time when the more knowledge they have about politics the better, said the acting Chinese news director of Metro Broadcast. Clara Li Siu-mei, co-host of the station's News of the Morning of Hit Radio and acting news director, told Young Post that secondary students should look at 'news' in a different perspective, instead of as if they were not concerned at all. 'Some of them are not interested in reading or watching the news because they think that it is not related to them,' she said. 'But in fact it is. Take Legco meetings for example. The legislators meet every Wednesday afternoon and students do not realise what they discuss is closely related to them, like the policy for public housing [which will eventually affect the quality of their living] and education [what and how they will learn].' She said it was indeed quite hard for students to absorb news with hard facts early in the morning and to recall anything afterwards, but that did not mean there was no way out. One of the solutions to that apathy, according to Li, is to interest students in the news by presenting it with a 'soft touch'. 'Some of the morning radio news shows in town tend to be either too 'hard', with hard facts presented rigidly to listeners whose minds are not attuned to receiving too much in the morning, or too 'soft', with DJs giving subjective comments on current issues. 'Neither of these approaches is suitable for students, and that's where News of the Morning [every weekday morning from 7 am to 10 am] comes in,' Li said. 'We try to present stories in a way that would enable students to absorb the essence of important news events without constantly throwing hard facts at them.' She pointed out that students' news sense and exposure were rather limited and that they did not have a clear perspective of current issues. The programme's way of giving students a clearer perspective is to invite guest speakers to the show to chat about issues and give highlights of important issues and their analysis so students can get balanced opinions and facts. Li believes that once students develop an interest in news issues, they will look up the details themselves. In addition, students should look at news about China without always keeping the 1997 handover in mind. Li said they should learn more about the mainland. 'Whether they like it or not, Hong Kong's sovereignty will revert to China in 1997, and the more they know about China, the better.'