A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Jim Gould 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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    Government bureau overhaul; and volcano eruption near Tonga

    8:30am-9:15am: government bureau overhaul

    8:30am-9:15am: John Burns, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong

    8:40am-9:00am: Regina Ip, lawmaker, member of the Executive Council; and chairwoman of the New People’s Party

    9:00am-9:15am: Dr Stephen Wong, Election Committee lawmaker; Our Hong Kong Foundation Senior Vice President & Executive Director of Public Policy Institute

    9:15am-9:30am: Tonga volcanic eruption

    9:15am-9:30am: Prof Shane Cronin, School of Environment, University of Auckland

    Today we’re talking about a coming government bureau overhaul; and the huge underwater volcano eruption near Tonga.

    Chief Executive Carrie Lam set the tables for what would be the biggest government revamp since 2007 — laying out a plan for her successor to restructure existing bureaus and create two new ones.

    The proposals would see a new Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau being created. Housing and transport would be split up, and the health bureau would get to focus on its core business as its food portfolio is transferred to a new Environment and Ecology Bureau.

    Would such changes improve governance? Will it happen at all? Can it help to solve deep-seated problems such as the housing shortage?

    After 9.15am, we'll speak to an expert about the massive volcanic eruption near Tonga that was felt across the world and triggered a tsunami that caused two people to drown in a beach in Peru.

    18/01/2022 - 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)

    18/01/2022 - Government bureau overhaul

    18/01/2022 - Tonga volcanic eruption




    Chris B, Founder, Musicians Foundation and the Underground HK


    Dr Charles Ng, medical doctor and public health expert from Johns Hopkins


    Ronnie Leung, Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding & Logistics


    Maurice Kong, First Vice Chairman, Institute of Dining Professionals


    Ryan Ip, Head of Land & Housing Research, Our Hong Kong Foundation


    Dr Raymond Tso, a specialist in Respiratory Medicine

    Vaccination rates , Local tourism

    主持人:Jim Gould and Mike Rowse

    8:30am-9:15am: Vaccination rate

    8:30am-9:15am: Phone – Prof Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director, HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, School of Public Health, HKU 
    8:30am-9:00am: Phone – Prof Wallace Lau Chak-sing, Convenor, Government Advisory Panel on Covid-19 Vaccines 
    9:05am-9:15am: Phone – Dion Chen, Chairperson, Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council 
    9:15am-9:30am: local tourism
    9:15am-9:30am: Phone – Prof Brian King, Associate Dean, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University 
    On Monday’s Backchat, the vaccination rate; and local tourism.
    Bookings for inoculations against Covid-19 are declining with CE Carrie Lam saying the number of people taking the jabs has dropped to a “worrying” level.
    She says she we are still striving to maintain zero local infections with the aim of having the borders with the mainland reopened, and so we cannot adopt the strategy of coexisting with the virus, an approach which is becoming more prevalent elsewhere.
    It's been announced that 21 of the 26 community vaccination centres will stay open through December, while more outreach teams will be sent out to encourage the elderly to take the jab.
    Meanwhile, schools are also encouraging students and teachers to be vaccinated, in order to reach the 70 percent threshold needed to resume full-day classes.
    What should we do to boost the vaccination rate? With US President Joe Biden order-ing measures to require workers at big companies to be vaccinated or face weekly test-ing, can we do the same here?
    After 9:15am, we’re discussing local tourism, with West Kowloon -- home to more than 50 attractions -- being added to the Hong Kong Neighbourhoods programme.  


    13/09/2021 - 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)

    13/09/2021 - Vaccination rates

    13/09/2021 - Local tourism

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