Showtime ends for RTHK cohost

Local | Maisy Mok 4 May 2021

Radio Television Hong Kong wants journalist Nabela Qoser gone by the end of the month after the public broadcaster did not renew her contract.

Qoser, who has been cohosting talk show This Week, is the first Cantonese-language news reporter of non-ethnic Chinese descent in Hong Kong and attracted attention in 2019 for her sharp questioning of government officials.

That included calling on Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to "speak in a human language" to answer a question.

The RTHK Programme Staff Union put out a statement yesterday to say "Nabela Qoser's probation period was extended twice. Her second probation period will end by the 30th of this month."

RTHK refused to comment on her case.

Qoser joined RTHK in 2017 and a three-year probation period should have been completed last October. But it was extended for 120 days in September as RTHK reopened an investigation into complaints about her performances at police and government press conferences during the anti-fugitive movement in 2019.

Qoser's contract was terminated in January, but she was given a 120-day temporary contract due to an internal investigation that had to be completed.

RTHK's move in January led to more than 60 employees protesting about the treatment of Qoser.

Also yesterday dozens of videos from RTHK's YouTube channel were deleted, including episodes of the TV program Hong Kong Connection.

Episodes that aired between September 2019 and last month were gone, including material relating to accusations against police.

A spokesman has said it was removing programs from YouTube and Facebook 12 months after they aired.

Several videos from 13 years ago also went. They included an episode of a Media Watch interview with Apple Daily tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying.

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