Pressure intensified on RTHK yesterday as Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology John Tsang Chun-wah expressed concerns over its live broadcasts of horse racing. 'Theoretically, a public broadcaster which is running on government money should not in any way compete with any commercial organisation,' Mr Tsang said when asked if RTHK should end its live racing coverage. Mr Tsang said RTHK should produce more high-quality programmes. 'I believe the head of RTHK understands clearly our policy. He knows well and he will do the jobs that are appropriate,' he said, adding that RTHK should not duplicate services provided by others. His comments came after Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan's remarks on the standards in public broadcasting, despite his assurance that RTHK's editorial independence would not be compromised. During the chief executive election campaign, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said: 'I don't like their live broadcasts of horse-racing meetings. As a public broadcaster, it should not go into [the] entertainment business.' RTHK pays the Jockey Club $750,000 a year for the right to broadcast racing live. Commercial Radio also broadcasts during the same timeslot, but refuses to disclose how much it pays. Forever Sze Wing-yuen, head of RTHK's corporate communications unit, said the station would decide in two weeks whether it would scrap the live coverage. 'We believe our services should be diversified. After 33 years of broadcasting, the programme has already become part of the daily life for some of the public,' Mr Sze said.