As deputy head of the Chinese channel at Phoenix Satellite Television, Angela Fung must find the best in educational and entertainment content I'D LIKE TO say I have breakfast with Jackie Chan before jetting off to Hollywood to have dinner with George Clooney. The reality, of course, is far from it. But I do love my job. My work involves selecting and buying the best TV from around the world and putting it into the right slot for our viewers. It's very much a customer-oriented business. My primary focus is to make sure people get to see what they want to see, and when they want to see it. At Phoenix we run five channels - news, movies and general entertainment, a channel in North America and one in Europe. I am involved in sourcing and acquiring content for all five channels. We broadcast in Putonghua. The bulk of our content is in foreign languages dubbed into Putonghua. We try to keep our content consistently first-rate. Regionally, Chinese programmes tend to have comparatively lower production values, although this is changing. We also source content regionally, from South Korea and Japan. People imagine that our work involves watching TV all day. The job calls for a lot more than that. I would be lucky if I saw one full hour of TV content a day. Watching a programme is one aspect of a process that involves research, negotiation and scheduling. I have to force myself to unplug the telephone and turn off the computer at least one hour a day just to watch a programme. After more than 10 years in the business, I like to think I have an eye for a good show, but I still have to concentrate to make a proper assessment. In deciding which programmes make it to our audience's screens, I have a team that previews shows before passing on their choices to me. We meet up three days a week and discuss the shows they've selected. We discuss content, scheduling and cost. Once we have decided on a programme, we start the negotiation process, which can take anything from three days to three months. A lot of our time each day is spent on the news and documentary channel. That demands more immediate attention than the other channels, for which the programmes are bought in advance. We try to respond to current news situations. The news is always on in my office and if something big happens the race is on to get the best possible programme to tie into the event. That means researching the event, its history and its context, then contacting distribution chains and production houses to find out what's available on a given topic. Finding a good programme that fits can be very time-consuming. We also have to co-ordinate with advertising and scheduling teams to assure them we have a good fit. Our advertising team has to be confident we can sell the programme to potential advertisers. In the case of scheduling, we have to make sure the time slot is right for both viewers and advertisers. Usually, once we have found a good programme, it's just a matter of finding the right home for it. It's a fast-paced work environment. While working on daily news events, we also have to plan ahead with dramas and movies. But it is all very rewarding. Through the news channel we pass on essential information, through documentaries we educate people, and through dramas and movies we entertain audiences. In this business, our programme choices do matter a lot. They affect people's lives. I don't know of many jobs where you can help, educate and entertain all at the same time.