RTHK union head blames 'politics' for resignation

Local | Carine Chow 23 Jun 2021

Gladys Chiu Sin-yan, the former chairwoman of the Radio Television Hong Kong staff union, has become the latest person to quit the public broadcaster.

Chiu was the programs officer of RTHK's culture and education unit, and has been the union chairwoman since 2016. She resigned at the end of April and stepped down from the union a month later. Her last official day is on July 16. "The number of politically-related requests at work has increased and so we parted ways because of different beliefs," she said.

RTHK said it would not comment on individual cases of staff leaving.

Major staff changes are under way at the broadcaster after Patrick Li Pak-chuen succeeded Leung Ka-wing as director of broadcasting from March 1.

Tsang Chi-ho, who presented the Crazy and Happy radio show every weekday, was sacked with immediate effect on Friday, along with his cohost Jackie Chan Po-ling, also known as Kwai Fa-tin.

"It is a shame I did not have the chance to say goodbye to my listeners properly," Tsang posted on Facebook on Friday, accompanied by a photo of an emptied-out locker. RTHK said it wanted to remaster the show by inviting the show's previous presenters to rejoin the show.

Several RTHK senior executives have also quit in recent months, including assistant director Brian Chow Kwok-fung and Jace Au Lai-ngar. The head of public and current affairs, Doris Wong Lok-har, resigned on the day Li took office, with sources saying she was frustrated with doing tasks that she deemed to have "crossed the line for her."

Two executive producers, Fong Hiu-shan and Liu Wai-ling, resigned in February after refusing to sign the declaration to uphold the Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the SAR government.

Between March and May, 18 civil servants at RTHK left,

including nine resigning. In 2020, 25 civil servants at RTHK left.

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