The newly appointed deputy director of broadcasting yesterday sought to dismiss fears that the editorial independence of RTHK would be curtailed because of his arrival. Gordon Leung Chung-tai, currently deputy commissioner for innovation and technology, visited RTHK yesterday to familiarise himself with his post, which he will take up on Monday. Critics have said that by sending a bureaucrat to oversee its operations instead of promoting someone from within, the government might want to turn RTHK into its mouthpiece. But Mr Leung said the operation of the station did not rely on just one person. 'It is about teamwork,' he said. 'RTHK is a very professional organisation and has been providing quality programmes to Hong Kong citizens. This will not be affected by the change this time. 'It has been clear that RTHK does enjoy editorial independence. And there is an agreement between the government and the RTHK on this respect.' Mr Leung, 47, is a career civil servant who has previously worked in the education, security and economic fields. RTHK staff have long been unhappy with the government's failure to fill leadership posts through internal promotion. In 2006, it appointed another administrative officer, Gracie Foo Siu-wai, as deputy director. Last year it appointed former RTHK producer Franklin Wong Wah-kay as the director. RTHK is a government department and is fully supported by government funds, but staff want it to be modelled on the BBC, which is largely independent from the British government. The Save RTHK Campaign, a group supporting the station's independence, said appointing outsiders would affect RTHK's independence.