YOUNGSTERS will get much closer to Hong Kong and the rest of the world, thanks to an exciting new computer-linked TV programme which goes on the air tomorrow for the first time. The pioneering Teen News Magazine, presented by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), will feature 10 teenage hosts, all in secondary school, delivering an exciting package of information and news for the young set. Coverage will range from the 'hottest' news items of the week and the 'in' talk in town to what is 'good and bad' about Hong Kong youth, teen hangouts, McMug cartoons, and so on. The related computer network, 'H.K. School Net' - co-organised by RTHK, Chinese University of Hong Kong's Department of Information Engineering and Hong Kong Joint School Electronics and Computer Society - went into operation yesterday. The network will serve as a medium for students and RTHK to exchange information about the younger generation, Hong Kong and the world. Executive producer Sze Wing-yuen said the programme was also aimed at correcting public misconceptions about the Internet. 'People hear that there's undesirable stuff on the Net. But it also has lots of very good things, like tons of information for children from its encyclopedia.' The 'H.K. School Net' is a bulletin board service (BBS), and is less complicated and expensive than the Internet. Through a modem, users can access the Net without extra cost. Since September, RTHK has been busy seeking the support of around 75 secondary schools whose students are to take part in the weekly news poll, Mr Sze said. The poll will be an indicator of what items of Hong Kong and international news students see as the most important. Programme host Hercules Yeung Man-chiu said: 'Most secondary school students aren't interested in the news, except stuff about pop artists. Students have in a way picked up the idea from the older generation that there's nothing much they can do about the world around them, so why bother? 'But with this programme we show a group of teenagers who are concerned about Hong Kong and the world. They could be an example to the others. If these students care, then why shouldn't the rest of us?' Man-chiu, a sixth-former at Wong Tai Shan Memorial College, along with Olivia Ka Yan-ho of Belilios Public School and Andrew You Kam-on of Queen's College are the three main hosts. The teenage hosts will be making most of the 16-episode programme without scripts. 'The bottom line is that there's no authority figure. No experts wearing suits telling youngsters what they should and shouldn't do. The youngsters will be practically running the show,' Mr Siu said. The programme will be filmed tonight and aired tomorrow at 7 pm on ATV Jade.