A former broadcasting chief has taken his 35 years' expertise to the private sector following his abrupt departure from RTHK in 2007. Ex-director of broadcasting Chu Pui-hing was given approval to work as an advisory board member for the Health and Lifestyle Broadcast Channel, the case record of approved post-service outside work prepared by the Civil Service Bureau shows. Mr Chu, who ended his civil service career in July 2007, took up his new role in November last year. After photographs of him hiding behind a woman reported to be a karaoke hostess appeared in the media, Mr Chu announced his decision to retire 10 months early. The Civil Service Bureau keeps a case record of approved outside work taken up by civil servants on directorate pay scale 4 or above. Directorate-grade civil servants are paid under a salary scale of 1 to 8, with scale 8 being the highest rank. The record covers dates when applicants ended work in the civil service, additional restrictions imposed on the approved work and a brief description of applicants' main duties in outside organisations. Mr Chu's case record shows the main duties of his new job include offering advice on programming for the channel, and attending board meetings every six months. During the period of approved outside work, he cannot represent the broadcasting channel in any discussions with the government. The Health and Lifestyle Channel was founded by Robert Chua Wah-Peng, who has 40 years' television experience in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore. The channel is currently aired on Cable TV and simulcast over the internet. Meanwhile, Rebecca Lai Ko Wing-yee, former permanent secretary for the chief secretary's office, has been given approval to work as an assistant to the dean of the China Graduate School of Theology. Mrs Lai, who left the government in August 2006, started her new job in November.