Another RTHK reshuffle raises concerns over increased censorship of news programs ｜ Apple Daily
A corporate communications manager has been appointed to oversee the television activities of the public broadcaster RTHK although he has no previous experience in the field, raising fears of a crackdown on the production team behind many. popular news programs.
Echo Wai, previously head of communications and corporate standards at RTHK, was appointed acting controller of television and corporate activities on Monday, according to an internal opinion from the public broadcaster.
Some RTHK employees have expressed concern that Wai will play a larger role in TV business operations following the departure of Doris Wong, head of the public and current affairs section of the TV department, towards the end of the month. .
Wai has no previous television, news or current affairs experience, sources for the broadcaster said. She worked on RTHK’s radio production before being promoted to Head of Corporate Communications last year.
The sources said Wai’s appointment was suspect as it was his second promotion in just six months. They were concerned about a possible hidden agenda targeting the public and current affairs section.
This team produced the award-winning documentaries “Hong Kong Connection” and other programs that dealt with controversial issues. Some episodes have been deleted by the broadcaster’s management since Patrick Li took over as broadcast director.
Jonathan Yip, host of the “Millennium” radio news talk show, will act in Wai’s previous position, he said.
Yip is seen as one of nine senior employees on a panel Li created in March to censor politically sensitive programs. Yip announced last month that he would be leaving “Millennium”.
The TV and Corporate Commercial Controller position was left vacant last month, after incumbent Natalie Chan was promoted to Acting Deputy Director, replacing Jace Au who is on sick leave until August. .
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