ANOTHER veteran presenter is to leave RTHK. William Lee Luen-fai, a former presenter of phone-in show Talkabout, one of the programmes criticised by CPPCC Standing Committee member Xu Simin this week, is to join a firm of political lobbyists. Talkabout host Ng Ming-lam left RTHK on Friday for a new job at Metro Radio. Mr Lee hosted Talkabout for 10 years, stepping down in 1992. He is currently controller of education television. Mr Lee said it was too early to talk about his departure. 'I have yet to fix my last day with the station,' he said. He is to join a consultancy headed by South China Morning Post columnist and former political editor Andy Ho and Democrat Lo Chi-kin. Mr Ho said: 'He will oversee consultancy projects with public organisations.' A number of senior producers of public affairs programmes have left RTHK during the past year. Yeung Chi-kong, executive producer of the television programme Legco Review, and his wife, Cheung Wai-yee from Headliner, left for New Zealand before the handover. An RTHK spokesman said their departure had caused no transitional problems to programme production because 'no one is indispensable'. One executive presenter spoke of the government-funded station's discomfort during the debate on its role. 'It is our job to unearth the dark side of reality and we are very likely to face attack from those we have provoked,' he said. 'If we have nowhere else to go, the only way out is to compromise.'