Inside a sprawling nine-hectare compound in Tseung Kwan O, sits TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan, a man constantly beset by everything from advancement-seeking employees to aspiring starlets eyeing a showbiz breakthrough. To outsiders, Chan is best known as the host of the TVB Lifestyle Channel show Be My Guest. Chan's path to fame was unusual. He studied linguistics and theatre at the University of Hong Kong and after graduating in 1981 joined the government as an administrative officer. He spent four years in London lobbying for the right of abode for Hong Kong people. Back in Hong Kong by 1991, Chan then served as an assistant commissioner of the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority. He was also working part-time as a disc jockey at RTHK under the name Wai Ka-ching. In 1992, Chan left the government for a two-year stint at Commercial Radio before joining TVB as a programme controller. In April 2002, he was promoted to assistant general manager, and two years later became general manager of broadcasting. His rise in TVB was inversely proportionate to his weight. When he first joined the broadcaster, he weighed more than 90kg but is now fashionably slim after becoming a vegetarian. But Chan did not earn real fame until 2006 when Be My Guest began to air on TVB Pay Vision. The interview show became a hit with guests such as Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen and showbusiness mogul Peter Lam Kin-ngok, as well as Gillian Chung Yan-tung in her first interview after the Edison Chen Koon-hei sex photo scandal. Chan's public faces include being a bearer of the Hong Kong leg of the Beijing Olympic Games torch relay and sitting on the Hong Kong Tourism Board. He is also involved in promoting artists, handling the likes of show host Amigo Choi Kin-bong, singer-actor Patrick Tang Kin-wang and singer-songwriter Louis Cheung Kai-chung to acclaim. And despite Choi's arrest for allegedly hitting his girlfriend, Chan rebuilt Choi's image by arranging for him to go to Haiti as a volunteer after the earthquake. However, rumours are widespread about Chan's falling out with TVB deputy chairwoman and director Mona Fong Yat-wah, the wife of Sir Run Run Shaw. Chan also failed to reach an agreement with the four leading record companies - Sony, Warner, EMI and Universal - on copyright fees, leading to a boycott of TVB programmes. These disputes have still not been resolved. As Chan told Young Post in December last year: 'I can't say that I have a big influence in the media, but I hope to contribute to society. I also want to enrich my life and find new directions.'