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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    Drug abuse; and world’s most expensive cities

    8:30am-9:15am: drug abuse among young people

    8:30am-9:15am: Sky Siu, Executive Director, KELY Support Group

    8:30am-9:00am: Dr Vanessa Wong, specialist in psychiatry; worked in the Hospi-tal Authority addiction psychiatry unit 

    9:15am-9:30am: world’s most expensive cities

    9:15am-9:30am: Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

    On Thursday's Backchat: drug abuse among young people, and world’s most expensive cities.

    The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups says a study suggests the number of young people using marijuana has increased by nearly 80 percent in the past two years.

    It said that among the 114 people aged between 10 and 35 who are receiving anti-drug support from the group, the number of cannabis abusers has grown from nine cases in 2019 to 16 cases this year.

    Marijuana is shown to be the most popular drug, with 37 percent taking it in the past three years, followed by cocaine and methamphetamine hydrochloride, known as ice.

    From 9:15am, we’re talking about Hong Kong losing its top ranking as the world's most expensive city in the latest index from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    02/12/2021 - 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)

    02/12/2021 - Drug abuse among young people

    02/12/2021 - World’s most expensive cities


    11 - 12


    Andrew Chidgey, Chief Executive, AIDS Concern Hong Kong


    James Ockenden, Founder and Editor of Transit Jam; Producer of radio show ‘Wham Bam Tram!’


    Paul Haswell, Technology lawyer and Partner, Pinsent Masons


    Chan Hall Sion, Greenpeace campaigner


    Fredo Cheung, Heritage Conservationist and former Vice-President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists


    James Ockenden, Founder and Editor of Transit Jam; Producer of radio show ‘Wham Bam Tram!’

    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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