RTHK had always been surrounded by uncertainties and the government should conduct a fair consultation to seek public support when a report on public broadcasting was completed later this year, Director of Broadcasting Chu Pui-hing said yesterday. Mr Chu said his staff had long been under pressure, when asked whether an ongoing government review on public broadcasting policy has affected the broadcaster's operations. 'Let's be frank. Factors of uncertainty have always surrounded RTHK's work, which has become part of our staff's normal everyday life,' Mr Chu told an RTHK spring reception. A seven-member review committee, headed by veteran journalist Raymond Roy Wong, was set up last year. The panel was not asked to look specifically at the position of RTHK, but to draw up a model for public broadcasting. Focus groups were set up to study governance, accountability and funding. A report was expected by the end of last year but is still awaited. Fears had been voiced that the editorial independence of RTHK or whatever organisation succeeded it in the long term could be undermined under any model recommended by the committee.