Hosts say show was due to finish on September 12 The controversial radio talk-show Teacup in a Storm ended its 10-year run yesterday, amid denials by its temporary hosts that it was being suddenly jerked off the air. Winding up the show on the day that its outspoken former host, Albert Cheng King-hon, officially started his new career as a legislator, presenter Choi Man-kin said the show was due to have ended on election day, September 12, and had been on borrowed time since then. He said it had carried on because of delays in setting up its successor, On a Clear Day, which starts next week. In a six-minute prologue with co-host Lo Ho-wing before the Commercial Radio show opened at 7.30am, Mr Choi said there was no issue of the programme being pulled. He said management had told them they would host the show until September 12. 'When we took over the programme on August 3, we made clear to everyone that the arrangement was temporary, and that we would host it until September 12,' he said. 'But since then, the company felt the need for more time to prepare for a new programme, so we had to continue with it for three more weeks.' Mr Choi, who will return to the news department, did not give details of the format of the new programme, saying only that the details would be made public in a one-hour programme on Commercial Radio One and Two from 9am to 10am tomorrow morning. After the prologue, the last episode of Teacup in a Storm proceeded as usual, starting with National Day celebration activities in Hong Kong. It changed topics in the second hour, addressing welfare cuts. Mr Cheng, who stopped hosting the show in May, remarked yesterday that the ending of the 10-year-old programme 'is in a way a good thing'. 'My long-time commitment to the show has made my name associated with the programme. It's almost like Cheng King-hon is synonymous with Teacup in a Storm,' he said. 'So if the station continued to use the same name, this would create pressure on the new programme hosts. 'But no matter what name the programme assumes, the unchanging theme should be the programme's ability to champion social justice.' Former co-host of Teacup in a Storm Peter Lam Yuk-wah yesterday said he was happy to have co-hosted the programme with Mr Cheng. 'The media is only a channel. Maintaining social justice requires the complainants, lawmakers and the government working together,' he said. On a Clear Day will run on Commercial Radio 1 and 2 but will be hosted by different people.