Outspoken radio host Wong Yuk-man has rejected an offer by RTHK to serve as guest host on a general-interest programme, saying the station was reluctant to invite him to host current affairs talk shows because of political pressure. Wong, who left his popular talk show on Commercial Radio in 2004 citing political pressure, said assistant director of broadcasting Tai Keen-man approached him on Monday with an offer to act as guest host on Free as the Wind, from 11pm to 1am once a week. 'I turned down their offer because hosting a non- current affairs programme is inconsistent with the reasonable expectations of the audience,' said Wong, a fierce critic of the Hong Kong and central governments. 'It doesn't make sense for me to appear on a show which talks about philosophy, history and arts.' Mr Tai said RTHK was unable to invite Wong to host current affairs talk shows, such as Talkabout and Open Line, Open View, at the moment because their styles enjoyed audience support. He hoped there would be opportunities for co-operation with Wong when the station reshuffled its programming in July. Wong has been unhappy with RTHK's failure to approach him after media reports indicated he would be offered a midnight slot as guest host once a week. Last week, he accused the broadcaster of using him as a pawn in its struggle with the government over editorial independence. 'RTHK obviously does not want to invite me to host a current affairs show so as not to irritate [Chief Executive] Donald Tsang [Yam-kuen],' Wong said. 'I appreciate the political pressure facing RTHK, but am unhappy the station played up its offer to show that it still enjoys editorial independence.' Wong said he was willing to serve as guest host on current affairs shows on RTHK for one or two days a week if the station failed to offer him a spot for five days a week. 'Some academics and politicians have been guest hosts on Open Line, Open View. I don't understand why RTHK cannot make a similar arrangement for me,' he said.