View Full Version : What do you think about the Public Service Broadcast in HK?
January 30th, 2006, 11:35 AM
Currently, there are two free Private TV Stations with four channels for severing HK residents. Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) once wanted to Corporative like the British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) do and had their own channel(s) in the 1980s, but it failed due to the Controversies between the Chinese and British Gov'ts. Now, HK had returned to China for around 9 years, these controversies are still going on. What do you think about this?
You can read more details in RTHK's website (http://www.rthk.org.hk/special/psb/). There are some files for more details on Public Service Broadcast. :|
January 31st, 2006, 01:02 AM
I really like their documentaries. They're very well done and professional. It doesn't have the sensationalism that is plaguing American TV nowadays.
February 1st, 2006, 04:19 PM
News from news.gov.hk:
Well-defined broadcasting policy urged (http://news.gov.hk/en/category/infrastructureandlogistics/060201/html/060201en06004.htm)
February 1st, 2006, 05:55 PM
News from RTHK:
Fmr Dir. of Broadcasting critical of govt review (http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/elocal/rthk_newsframe.htm?20060201&56&285192)
February 8th, 2006, 07:22 AM
The following is an editoral essay written by Ho Yim, a doctor and a professor, posted in Ta Kung Pao. This essay tells us what are the uniqueness of HK's Public Broadcast Service and its the major concerns to the public. Worth to read if you understand Chinese and if you have time! ;)
Brief summery for this article,
--3 major concerns on the representative on the authority, is this authority just pointing RTHK, and what are the major reponsibilities of it.
--The author believes that the authority has to be indendent from RTHK and it is reasonable that no staffs from RTHK inside. The policy of the Public Broadcast Service has to be based on the actual issues.
--This review is ineluctably linked with the polities. The corporlisation of RTHK has to go on.
--Maintaining the Public Boardcast Service is necessary even after the digitalisation in the future.
--RTHK has to serve the public with the Independence on Editorial. It is also a major concern between the freedom of press and fitting the situation of the "One Country, Two Systems".
February 12th, 2006, 04:13 PM
News from RTHK:
Survey reveals concern over RTHK's future
2006-02-12 HKT 21:03
Nearly half of those questioned in a Democratic party survey on RTHK have expressed concern that the current review of public broadcasting could threaten the station's editorial independence. Three quarters of the more than 500 people polled also believed that the overriding principle governing public broadcasting should be the protection of media freedom.
February 13th, 2006, 05:54 PM
News from RTHK:
Public concern over future editorial independence of RTHK
2006-02-13 HKT 03:08
Nearly half of the respondents in a survey on RTHK have expressed concern that a current review on public broadcasting would threaten the station's editorial independence. Over 70 percent of the more than 500 people polled also believed that press freedom should be the overriding principle under which public broadcasting is provided.
February 24th, 2006, 08:32 AM
News from RTHK:
RTHK meets review committee 2006-02-24 HKT 01:09
A government-appointed review committee on public service broadcasting has had its first meeting with RTHK management, to hear their views on the station's operations. The Director of Broadcasting, Chu Pui-hing, said the two sides had exchanged views on the challenges RTHK faced.
February 25th, 2006, 08:57 AM
Panel looks overseas for RTHK ideas
Hong Kong Standard
Saturday, February 25, 2006
With concern growing about the government's plans for Radio Television Hong Kong, a Legislative Council panel is heading to North America and Britain during the Easter break to study how the experiences of public broadcasters overseas might be applied in Hong Kong.
Sin Chung-kai, chairman of Legco's information technology and broadcasting panel, said Friday it is arranging a week-long visit to the capital cities Ottawa, Washington DC and London in early April to learn how public broadcasting stations in Canada, the United States and Britain are organized and funded, "and the related legislation they have enacted."
The trip will be in line with the public service broadcast review that the government announced last month.
Sin said the panel has also arranged to meet broadcasting officials in those three countries, as well as possibly making visits to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Public Broadcasting Service and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Sin said that after they return they will outline their suggestions in a submission which will be presented to Raymond Wong, chairman of the government's public service review committee, by early July.
In mid-January, the government announced the formation of the seven- person independent committee to review the future of public broadcasting in Hong Kong.
But since none of the seven committee members have any working experience in RTHK - the territory's sole public broadcaster - critics have lashed out at the move as attempting to undermine RTHK's autonomy and editorial independence.
Signaling Legco's concern, legislators earlier this month passed a motion calling on the government to respect editorial independence and to defend the freedom of the press.
At the same time, it rejected an amendment to the motion requiring RTHK to broadcast and explain government messages and policies.
During the debate before the vote, Secretary for Industry, Commerce and Technology Joseph Wong maintained that the review will not shutter freedom of speech and freedom of the press in Hong Kong, pledging that the interests of all RTHK staff will be protected.
Not everyone was reassured. A survey conducted by the Democratic Party found that almost half of the respondents are worried that the public broadcasting review will restrict RTHK's editorial independence.
Despite assurances from both government officials and members of the review committee, only 30 percent of the 522 respondents said they were not worried.
However, more than 46 percent expressed worries in the party's telephone poll conducted early this month.
March 10th, 2006, 06:40 PM
RTHK calls for corporatisation
2006-03-10 HKT 19:26
RTHK has renewed its call for both the government and lawmakers to consider hiving off the public broadcaster from the government. In its submission to Legco on public service broadcasting, RTHK management said the idea of corporatisation should be studied, adding that they would consult staff on the matter. In a related development, the station noted that the government had increased its budget allocation for this year by one-and-a-half percent. However, the Director of Broadcasting, Chu Pui-hing, said current affairs programming would be reduced by about four percent, to make way for more arts, culture and service programmes.
March 12th, 2006, 09:11 AM
Yesterday's RTHK News:
RTHK says corporatisation of public broadcaster is feasible (http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/elocal/rthk_newsframe.htm?20060311&56&293960)
March 14th, 2006, 07:00 PM
Former RTHK director declines to meet panel
2006-03-14 HKT 22:03
The chairman of the Public Broadcasting Review Committee, Ray Wong, says the former director of RTHK, Cheung Man-yee, has declined to meet the six-member panel. Ms Cheung, a strong proponent of R-T-H-K's independence, was shifted in 1999 from the station's directorship to a position in Japan. Mr Wong says he told Ms Cheung that she would have been the first person to appear before the committee, ahead of the current director of broadcasting, Chu Pui-hing.
March 16th, 2006, 04:54 PM
Opinions divided in RTHK staff survey (http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/elocal/rthk_newsframe.htm?20060316&56&295265)
April 1st, 2006, 05:24 PM
DB (Director of Broadcasting): RTHK should not be part of government (http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/elocal/rthk_newsframe.htm?20060401&56&299117)
April 22nd, 2006, 06:40 PM
RTHK's director refuses to respond to speculation (http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/elocal/rthk_newsframe.htm?20060422&56&304117)
April 27th, 2006, 06:05 PM
RTHK head says corporatisation a good option (http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/elocal/rthk_newsframe.htm?20060427&56&305496)
Is this year's Audit Report rectify RTHK? [Discuss!] (http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=343317)
May 3rd, 2006, 11:03 AM
Lawmakers urged to keep government away from public broadcasting 2006-05-03 HKT 03:09
Lawmakers who've returned from studying public broadcasting overseas, say they were told in every case that public broadcasters have to keep government at a distance. The chairman of Legco's Information Technology and Broadcasting panel, Sin Chung-kai, says their three-nation visit revealed that successful public broadcasters also have assured sources of funding. Mr Sin says the panel plans to receive public views and aims to have final recommendations for future policy ready in June.
May 8th, 2006, 07:07 AM
Committee begins hearing on RTHK 2006-05-08 HKT 11:04
The Legislative Council's Public Accounts Committee has begun a public hearing into resource management at RTHK, following a critical value-for-money audit which found that the broadcaster had harboured a culture of non-compliance with government rules and regulations. Speaking at the hearing, the Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, Joseph Wong, said the government may be forced into taking a more hands-on monitoring role to oversee RTHK.
May 19th, 2006, 09:46 AM
Experts to attend June broadcasting forum (http://news.gov.hk/en/category/infrastructureandlogistics/060518/html/060518en06002.htm)
You can apply the conference online here (http://www.psb-review.org.hk/eng/ic.html). :|
May 22nd, 2006, 05:31 PM
Was the value-for-money audit performed internally by the government or by external consultants?
June 1st, 2006, 05:44 PM
Most respondents in a survey satisfied with RTHK's performance 2006-06-01 HKT 19:04
About two out of every three people polled in a survey on RTHK say they're satisfied with the performance of the public broadcaster. Just eight percent of the one-thousand respondents expressed dissatisfaction. The majority also said RTHK should have its own TV channel in future. They believe the public broadcaster out-performed commercial stations in reflecting public opinion, supervising the work of the government and producing educational and high-quality programmes. Professor Timothy Wong, who carried out the survey, spoke to Clara Lai.
Two audio recordings:
Clara Lai reports (http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/video/ram/mfile_313959_1.ram)
Professor Timothy Wong (http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/video/ram/mfile_313985_1.ram)
June 11th, 2006, 09:47 AM
Public service broadcasting conference set (http://news.gov.hk/en/category/infrastructureandlogistics/060610/html/060610en06004.htm)
August 1st, 2006, 06:58 PM
PSB Committee sets up focus groups 2006-08-01 HKT 22:48
The Committee on Review of Public Service Broadcasting says it's setting up at least four focus groups in the coming weeks to handle topics relating to the review. This was revealed by the Committee's chairman, Raymond Wong, during a meeting of Legco's panel on Information Technology and Broadcasting. Mr Wong said members would be drawn from a cross-section of society.
August 4th, 2006, 10:50 AM
Groups to study public service broadcasting (http://news.gov.hk/en/category/infrastructureandlogistics/060804/html/060804en06004.htm)
August 14th, 2006, 09:02 AM
New deputy head of RTHK pledges to honour editorial independence (http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/englishnews/20060814/news_20060814_56_333729.htm)
--I really hope this new Deputy Head doesn't interverue too much to the RTHK.
August 14th, 2006, 04:52 PM
^^ I find it quite interesting that the RTHK, albeit totally owned by the government, quite often expresses extreme criticism against government policies. I don't recall seeing the CNN or the BBC bashing their governments... :?
August 23rd, 2006, 06:56 PM
Government to consult public on public service broadcasting next year (http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/englishnews/20060823/news_20060823_56_336300.htm)