Another change for man on the go

City talk | Siu Sai-wo 21 Jul 2021

Among changes in Hong Kong's newspaper sector I learned that Danny Fung Chun-chiu, deputy chief editor of am730, is making a career switch too.

I heard through the grapevine he will be leaving the newspaper by the end of this month to take up a corporate affairs position in the public sector establishment.

Fung has been a good partner of am730 chief editor Alan Lo Kok-lun. Both were founding management members of the newspaper and confidants of boss Shih Wing-ching. But as the old Chinese saying goes, all banquets must end at some point.

I called Fung, and he said he couldn't comment since he's still in his current position.

But we do know that Fung, who qualified as a surveyor earlier, has diverse interests and loves media work. So he is choosing a corporate communications job, which allows him to keep in close contact with the media.

Fung graduated quite a while ago from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he studied surveying and property valuation, and he went on to work as property agent.

And he had known Shih, head of Centaline Properties, for over 20 years.

I was told Shih has taken good care of Fung, even lending him money to buy his own property and letting him repay by installments. Shih also hosted a farewell party when Fung departed.

When he joined the newspaper sector Fung worked in the real estate section in my team. Then, when Sing Tao Daily revamped its content many years ago, I assigned Fung and Lo to prepare for the launch of Property Browser, a Saturday real estate supplement. The two have since become close working partners.

Property Browser proved to be an instant success, running to 200+ pages ?per issue at its peak. It became a must-read publication for property buyers.

In the 2000 media dotcom craze, Fung was headhunted. To keep him, I convinced the management to give him a 30-percent pay rise, and he stayed on for some time.

When free paper Metro Daily came along, however, Lo and Fung joined to become trailblazers in this new genre of the local print media. Subsequently, Shih set up his own newspaper team and signaled to them. In the blink of an eye, 16 years had passed.

Having changed career directions several times along the way, Fung is still seeking breakthroughs. So it's hardly surprising he is making a fresh career move even as newspaper ecology itself is undergoing changes.

Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily

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