ELDERLY tycoon Lim Por-yen spent much of his 14 months' forced exile taping Taiwanese television shows and ordering staff at his ATV studios in Hong Kong to copy them, according to executives. Despite selling his controlling stake in the broadcaster, Lim was regularly on the phone, barking instructions to the Kowloon Tong studios. The honorary chairman even sent lengthy videotapes of Taiwanese television - including soap operas and extravagant variety shows - with instructions for staff to copy the ideas. But the decline of Lim's influence at the station became evident when new chief operating officer Bruno Wu Ching and his deputy Kenneth Kwok Wai-kin screened a tape and derided it during a press conference. The media session had been called after Lim lambasted Mr Wu from Taipei over the sweeping changes he was making at the station, including mass sackings. 'Wu's working style is too American, he is too young,' Lim said of the Shanghai-born 32-year-old US citizen. After Mr Wu's consortium - led by China-friendly businessman Wong Po-yan, Phoenix satellite TV boss Liu Changle and Guangzhou developer Feng Xiaoping - failed to come up with enough funds to keep the heavily indebted station running, a boardroom coup led to the ousting of Mr Wu and Mr Kwok. Now, according to sources at the station, Lim is being wooed by the new shareholders in the hope he can provide a desperately needed cash injection.