The RTHK staff union wants to meet the Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting to allay fears for RTHK's editorial independence after the departure of boss Cheung Man-yee. Programme Staff Union chairman Yun Tai-ho said yesterday they hoped to discuss with Kwong Ki-chi whether there were further ways to strengthen RTHK's editorial autonomy. 'We think there are still a lot of concerns in the community over our editorial independence. We'd like to explore whether there is any more that can be done,' Mr Yun said. He said they were worried about whether the Government would appoint an outsider with no professional broadcasting background at RTHK. 'We maintain the management should be staffed by officers from within the department or professionals with a broadcasting background.' He said their concerns over the transfer remained despite assurances from the Chief Executive, senior officials and Miss Cheung herself over the past few days. Union leaders, senior executives and staff were briefed by Miss Cheung in the past two days on her departure. Miss Cheung, whose official title is Director of Broadcasting, spoke to the media about her new posting upon her return from a trip to Belfast on Sunday. She dismissed claims she was forced to take a post in Tokyo because the RTHK was too critical of the Government and had aired controversial viewpoints.