A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings

    Backchat is RTHK Radio 3's current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation. It airs every weekday from 8.30am-9.30am. Have your say by calling us on 233 88 266, Backchat's Facebook , or send us a message at backchat@rthk.hk

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    Health code; and upgrade of Sai Wan Ho

    8:30am-9:15am: health code

    8:30am-9:15am: Wong Kam-fai, Director, Centre for Innovation and Technology, CUHK; Professor, Dept. of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management, CUHK

    8:30am-9:00am: Michael Tien, deputy to the National People’s Congress; Roundtable lawmaker

    8:30am-9:00am: Prof Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, School of Public Health, HKU

    9:15am-9:30am: Sai Wan Ho

    9:15am-9:30am: Raymond Chan, Past president of Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors; Member of Housing Authority

    On Tuesday's Backchat: A digital health health code and conditions for opening the border; and plans for an upgrade of Sai Wan Ho.

    The Innovation and technology secretary Alfred Sit says a number of proposals have been submitted to mainland authorities on how a Hong Kong health code should work, in the hope that quarantine-free travel to the mainland can resume.

    He said options include allowing people to declare voluntarily where they'd been every day, and report whether they'd visited any high risk locations.

    He also said it would be technically possible for users to transfer records of their whereabouts from the Leave Home Safe app to the health code, but stressed that this would only be done if people agreed to it.

    However, National People’s Congress Standing Committee member Tam Yiu-chung said a voluntary system would be unacceptable to mainland authorities. Mr Tam was himself asked by the Central Government not to travel to Beijing for a meeting this week, following the infection of an airport freight worker from an unknown source.

    After 9.15am, we’ll be looking at a possible redevelopment scheme in Sai Wan Ho.

    19/10/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)




    Shih Wing Ching, Founder and Chief Executive, Centaline Group


    Chim Hon-ming, Principal of Chiu Sheung School, Hong Kong; Chairman of the Council of Central and Western District School Heads


    David Webb, founder and editor of Webb-site.com



    Documentaries; Helicopter on Mars

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings

    On Friday's Backchat, documentaries - and helicopters on Mars.
    DAB lawmaker Holden Chow has warned that the pro-democracy Confederation of Trade Unions could be violating the national security law with its private screenings of three documentaries on the social unrest of 2019. He said the group could be seen as "promoting terrorism"

    The screening of the documentary about the events in the PolyU during the 2019 protest had been postponed after officers from the Office for Film Newspaper and Article Administration visited the venue asking for screening details. The CTU said they claimed that they have the right to send someone to the screening, and to monitor if the CTU have the screening permit and to check the participants' ID cards.

    The film is allowed to be screened here although it has to also show a warning that some of the acts depicted “might constitute criminal offences”. Earlier this year, extensive attacks by several pro-Beijing media outlets spurred a cinema and some arts centres to scrap screenings of the film.
    Other documentaries are in the news too, with a Norwegian film - the Oscar Nominated ‘Do Not Split’ being slammed by China state media. They said it should not win the award as it lacks artistry and is full of biased political stances.

    They warned the Oscars should not be reduced to political tools; otherwise, it will hurt Chinese audiences' feelings and may lead to a heavy loss in the Chinese film market.
    The Oscars themselves will not be aired live on TV here.
    Should documentary films be balanced? Accurate? Should they be impartial, or partial? Does that make them propaganda? How are they different to news reports? Do some promote terrorism?

    From 9:15am-9:30am, we'll be discussing Ingenuity - NASA's new helicopter drone which successfully flew on Mars

    8:30-9:15am Documentaries
    8:30am-9:15am Phone: Andrew Leung, International and Independent China Strategist and former Director-General of Social Welfare
    8:30am-9am Phone: Jenny Lam, Senior Lecturer from the Hong Kong Baptist University and former News Editor of TVB News.
    9am-9:15am, Wong Yu-loy, Organising coordinator, Confederation of Trade Unions
    9:15-9:30am Helicopter on Mars
    Phone: Quentin Parker, Professor, Department of Physics and Director of Space Research Laboratory, HKU


    23/04/2021 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    23/04/2021 - Documentaries

    23/04/2021 - Helicopter on Mars

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