THE Deputy Secretary for Recreation and Culture, Fred Ting Fook-cheung, who caused controversy by saying the Broadcasting Bill had been shelved, has been transferred in the latest government reshuffle. The Government announced yesterday Mr Ting would be transferred to become Deputy Director of Regional Services (Operations). His job goes to Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan, currently Commissioner for the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (TELA), in early October. Speaking at a Legislative Council panel in his capacity as Acting Secretary for Recreation and Culture in May, Mr Ting said the all-embracing bill had been put on hold because such a move might antagonise China. The Government swiftly denied it. Secretary for Civil Service Michael Sze Cho-cheung said the transfer was normal even though Mr Ting had been at the branch for only 13 months. 'One year is not a short time,' Mr Sze said. An informed source, however, admitted that the next Secretary for Recreation and Culture, Brian Chau Tak-hay, would want to change his deputy. 'Fred Ting lacked political maturity when he made the comment about the Broadcasting Bill,' he said. Mr Ting felt that his comment might have 'upset certain people'. 'Some senior officials think that I was wrong for not following the standard government line. But I'm just frank. I really don't regret what I have said and done,' he said. Mr Ting maintained that there was no point sending his staff on a 'wild goose chase' that would not produce 'tangible and fruitful results'. 'Let's wait and see how Rita and others will be able to take the Broadcasting Bill forward,' he said. The senior official said he never felt bitter about transfers, adding that he always followed the chain of command within the civil service. The new posting represents a transfer at the same rank. 'That's the beauty of the Hong Kong Government,' Mr Ting said. Mr Chau is to replace the retiring James So Yiu-cho while the other deputy secretary, Rachel Cartland, is due to complete her present contract term in January. Mr Sze said Mrs Lau had worked with TELA for a long time, adding she would also take over Mrs Cartland's portfolio. Mr Ting will take over the post of Benjamin Tang Kwok-bun, who will take up the second deputy secretary post in the Recreation and Culture Branch later in the year. Leo Kwan Wing-wah, Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower, will replace Elizabeth Bosher as Deputy Secretary for Economic Services early next month. Mrs Bosher will assume the post of Director of Administration in the Provisional Airport Authority. Patrick Lau Lai-chiu will take over from Thomas Tso Man-tai as Deputy Secretary for the Civil Service in early September.