Commercial Radio sacked outspoken talk-show host Wong Yuk-man yesterday after rejecting his demand for a show five days a week. Wong previously hosted a popular programme that aired five days a week. But he quit in May last year after complaining of fatigue and intense pressure from the government and business circles for him to tone down his criticism of the Communist Party. He returned three months later and was given a weekly show. Fellow Commercial Radio hosts Albert Cheng King-hon and Allen Lee Peng-fei quit under similar circumstances. In a brief statement yesterday, the station said it 'had terminated Mr Wong Yuk-man's service with immediate effect'. The station's general manager, Rita Chan Ching-han, said the decision to let Wong go three months before his contract was due to expire arose from differences over his long-term involvement with the station. 'On Wednesday, Mr Wong approached the company making a clear and strong request to host a programme five days per week, and [said] that it would be a waste of [his talents] if Commercial Radio only arranged [for] him to host a programme once a week,' Ms Chan said. She said Wong had asked for his contract to be terminated if the company was unable to accommodate his request. Ms Chan said the station's management had no intention of changing his working arrangements 'and therefore Commercial Radio finally decided to end the relationship'. She said there was no political pressure involved and that Wong's contract would be paid in full. Wong could not be reached for comment last night. Wong Tai Sin district councillor Andrew To Kwan-hang, who is a friend of Wong, said they had spoken at the July 1 rally. 'He claimed that he and the station had a verbal understanding back in October that the station would consider giving back his five-days-a-week show in due course,' he said. 'But recently he was becoming more desperate about it and he told me he was ready for a final showdown with the station.' After he quit last year, Wong - founder of the defunct Mad Dog Daily newspaper - claimed he had been offered money to go off air, but had refused to take it. His return to the airwaves in October was marred by his eldest son being put on 15 months' probation for possessing drugs.