A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Steve Vines

    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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    Covid-19 updates; Data-base of foreign language interpreters

    8:30am-9:15am: Covid-19 updates

    8:30am-9:00am: David Costello (mid in photo), the Consul General of Ireland to Hong Kong and Macau

    8:30am-9:15am: Benjamin Cowling, Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, HKU

    9:00am-9:15am: Paul Leung, Chairman, Hong Kong Inbound Travel Association

    9:15am-9:30am: call for a data-base of foreign language interpreters

    9:15am-9:30am: Prof Sin King-kui, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UOW College Hong Kong 

    On Monday’s Backchat: Covid-19 updates, and a call for a data-base of foreign-language interpreters. 

    Hong Kong has now gone more than 45 days without a local Covid-19 infection, but many restrictions remain in place, including social distancing measures and limits on public gatherings, while flights from high risk places, including the UK, remain suspended.

    Meanwhile, England marked its so-called "freedom day" a week ago, ending almost all restrictions despite an increase in coronavirus cases.

    Is now the right time for us to ease Covid-19 measures? When should we open the border? What should we make of England's policy?

    From 9:15am-9:30am, we’re discussing the Ombudsman's observation that difficulties encountered by government departments in securing the services of foreign language and Chinese dialect interpreters can affect the efficiency of some of their operations.

    26/07/2021 - 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)

    26/07/2021 - Covid-19 updates

    26/07/2021 - Call for a data-base of foreign language interpreters






    Janine Miu, UK Immigration lawyer; and founder of UK Immigration Specialist



    Apple Daily; and Taiwan's representative in HK

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Steve Vines

    8:30am-9:15am: Apple Daily

    8:30am-9:15am: Clement Woo Kin-man (in photo), Chairman of Tai Po South Area Committee and former member of Tai Po District Council

    8:30am-9:15am: Keith Richburg, President, Foreign Correspondents' Club;
    Director and Professor of Practice, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU

    9:15am-9:30am: Taiwan's representative in HK

    9:15am-9:30am: Mark O’Neill, Author and China analyst

    On Wednesday’s Backchat, Apple Daily; and Taiwan's representative in Hong Kong.

    Apple Daily staff have been told the newspaper could cease operations this coming Saturday unless authorities release assets frozen as part of a national security

    The media outlet has already stopped its English and online financial news.

    Five executives were arrested on June 17 when 500 police officers raided the media group’s office. The CE insisted that the arrest had nothing to do with journalism and it cannot be described as suppression of press freedom.

    She accused the United States of "beautifying" acts that endanger national security with its criticism of the Hong Kong authorities' crackdown on Apple Daily, saying the territory's national security law must be enforced.

    What does it mean to the news industry and what impact will this bring? Will other outlets close? Do you think the closure is politically motivated? What did you think of Apple Daily?

    From 9:15am-9:30am, we’ll be discussing Taiwan's representative in Hong Kong. Staff of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office returned to Taiwan last weekend after the office said they were asked to sign a statement to support the “One China” policy. What does the move mean?



    23/06/2021 - 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)

    23/06/2021 - Apple Daily

    23/06/2021 - Taiwan's representative in HK

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