Group Demands RTHK Scrap Its 'biased' TV Shows

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2020-03-25 HKT 19:11

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  • The group headed by DAB vice-chairman Thomas Pang (second from right) says some RTHK programmes create divisions in the society. Photo: RTHK

    The group headed by DAB vice-chairman Thomas Pang (second from right) says some RTHK programmes create divisions in the society. Photo: RTHK

A concern group headed by DAB vice-chairman Thomas Pang has called on RTHK to scrap several of its TV programmes, including

Headliner

and

Hong Kong Connection

, saying the shows are biased against the SAR government and create divisions in society.

Several members of the Public Broadcaster Concern Group held a one-and-a-half-hour meeting with officials in charge of the station on Wednesday.

They included the Director of Broadcasting, Leung Ka-wing, and a senior official from the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau.

The group told officials that RTHK needs a revamp and should immediately stop airing programmes like Headliner and Hong Kong Connection and should sack presenters who have a biased stance.

It added that another programme produced by RTHK, Legco Review, has been "a tool to spread the anti-government stance" and it should instead do more to explain government policies.

The group also called for RTHK to cut its manpower in general.

Talking to the media later, the group said Leung didn't seem to address their calls at the meeting.

"He didn't respond a lot," they said.

"There are a large group of people in Hong Kong, they are not feeling comfortable about RTHK. We highly recommend him to reform the TV programmes in future," said a member of the group, Martin Fong.

The group said it now plans to meet Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau, to follow up on the matter.