A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Mike Rowse

    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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    Student exodus; Walk-in vaccination for elderly

    8:30am-9:15am: student exodus

    8:30am-9:15am: Mervyn Cheung, Chairman, HK Education Policy Concern Group

    8:30am-9:00am: Dion Chen, Chairperson, Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council

    9:00am-9:15am: Anne Murphy, Director of Education Services Company, ITS Education Asia

    9:15am-9:30am: walk-in vaccination for elderly

    9:15am-9:30am: Rita Lam Yu-kiu, Vice-Chairperson, the Association for the Rights of the Elderly 

    On Thursday’s Backchat: Hong Kong educators warn that some schools may have to close in the face of an increasing exodus of students due to the current wave of emigration.

    Student numbers are already down more than 15,000 compared with a year earlier — and many more are expected to leave over the summer.

    So what can schools do to stem the exodus?

    Also on Thursday’s show, walk-in Covid vaccinations for the elderly.

    29/07/2021 - 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)

    29/07/2021 - Student exodus

    29/07/2021 - Walk-in vaccination for elderly




    Karen Lo, sport and performance psychologist of Inner Edge


    Mark Michelson, chairman, Asia CEO Forum at IMA Asia




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



    Changes at the top of Government

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Mike Rowse

    8:30am-9:30am: changes at the top of Government

    8:30am-9:30am: John Burns, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, HKU

    8:30am-9:30am: Steve Vickers, CEO of Steve Vickers and Associates, a specialist Political & Corporate Risk Consultancy

    8:30am-9:30am: Andrew Leung, International and Independent China Strategist and former Director-General of Social Welfare

    9:00am-9:30am: Alice Mak, Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker

    On Monday’s Backchat, changes at the top of Government.

    Beijing has confirmed a reshuffle of the SAR administration, with Secretary for Security John Lee replacing Matthew Cheung as CS, and Police Commissioner Chris Tang replacing Lee. One of Tang's deputies, Raymond Siu, becomes the new police chief.

    The CE said "the three appointed officials had fought beside me and shouldered responsibilities during Hong Kong’s unprecedented hardship. I am confident they will continue to rise to challenges in their respective positions, and contribute to the nation and to Hong Kong.”

    John Lee had been with the police force for over 30 years and is the first former officer to become a top minister.

    Carrie Lam said his promotion was made on merit, and she urged people not to "speculate" too much about it.

    According to Xinhua News Agency, the State Council decided on the reshuffle on June 23, upon a recommendation from Lam.

    Despite only having a year left of her current term, she said “now is a good time to step forward and start anew".

    What do these new appointments mean? What do they tell us about Carrie Lam’s future? How will this law and order emphasis change the city? Is Hong Kong becoming a police state?


    28/06/2021 - 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)

    28/06/2021 - Changes at the top of Government

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