Public debate over RTHK's programming will not erode the service's editorial independence, Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology Joseph Wong Wing-ping says. Mr Wong told a Lunar New Year media gathering that people 'having views about RTHK doesn't mean its editorial independence is being affected', and that he was pleased there were fewer 'conspiracy' views in the debate on the government's broadcasting review. He said the review was only one of the tasks he had to deal with and that the proposed changes to the Copyright Ordinance and the merger of the Broadcasting Authority and the Telecommunications Authority were also important. Mr Wong did not disclose any of the proposed changes to the copyright law but warned they might be controversial. 'The law is due for major amendments,' he said. 'We have to balance the interest of copyright owners and consumers. It's no easy task.' The government had been compelled to delay the enforcement of new provisions, which seek to criminalise the unauthorised photocopying of books, newspapers and magazines. Mr Wong said the government might next month release the details for consultation. He hoped the legislative amendments would be finished during the next Legislative Council session. On the proposed merger of the broadcasting and telecommunications authorities, Mr Wong said there were pressing needs for a single watchdog to regulate the electronic communications sector. 'The division between broadcasting and telecommunications is increasingly blurred,' he said. The government might first merge the administrative areas of the two bodies and leave the enactment of a single ordinance until a later date. 'The merging of the broadcasting law and the telecommunication law will be much more controversial. That's why we would probably deal with it at a later stage,' he said. He would not comment on whether staff would lose their jobs after the merger.