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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    Proposed legal aid reform; new marine species found in HK waters

    8:30am-9:15am: proposed legal aid reform

    8:30am-9:15am: Michael Davis, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington; Former Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong

    8:30am-9:00am: Priscilla Leung, Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker and Associate Professor of City University’s School of Law 

    9:00am-9:15am: Lawrence Ma, Chairman, Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation 

    9:15am-9:30am: new marine species

    9:15am-9:30am: Qiu Jianwen, Professor, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University

    On Tuesday's Backchat: Proposed legal aid reform; and discovery of new marine species.

    Legco’s Legal Service Panel will examine a government paper proposing that legal aid recipients in criminal cases will no longer be able to choose their own lawyers, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    The planned revamp came after lawmakers said the system had been abused.

    In future, the Director of Legal Aid would assign lawyers to defendants, and nominations would only be accepted in cases such as when the lawyer concerned had already represented the defendant in lower courts.

    The paper also proposed lowering the quotas of legal aid cases that lawyers can undertake, and further limiting the number of judicial review cases they can take on.

    After 9.15am, we’ll be discussing the discovery of new marine life species in Hong Kong waters.


    26/10/2021 - 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)

    26/10/2021 - Proposed legal aid reform

    26/10/2021 - New marine species in HK




    Qiu Jianwen, Professor, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University


    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

    Election committee; career opportunities in the mainland

    主持人:Jim Gould and Mike Rowse

    8:30am-9:15am: election committee

    8:30am-9:15am: Chris Yeung, Political Analyst; former chairperson of Hong Kong Journalists Association

    9:00am-9:15am: Nixie Lam, elected Election Committee member, Representatives of Hong Kong members of relevant national organisations

    9:15am-9:30am: career opportunities in the mainland

    9:15am-9:30am: Stanley Choi, standing committee member, All-China Youth Federation

    On Monday's Backchat: Voting for the Election Committee; and career opportunities in the mainland.

    Nearly 90% of about 4,900 eligible voter have cast their ballots in the Election Committee subsector elections held yesterday. They were deciding on 364 seats in the 13 of 40 subsectors which were being contested.

    The voting was taking place under a new electoral system following the Central Government’s  overhaul, designed to ensure that only those regarded as patriots can be in positions of authority. The 1,500-member Election Committee is made up of five big sectors, with 40 subsectors that include representatives from businesses, professional bodies, labour and religious groups, as well as national legislators and groups that have ties to the central authorities.

    It was a very different looking exercise from previous occasions, with the number of individual voters greatly reduced, and largely replaced by corporate votes. We’ll be taking a close look at the changed political landscape.

    Meanwhile the head of the Electoral Affairs Commission has apologized a delay in the announcement of the full results, saying it appeared there’d been problems with ballot verification papers.

    After 9:15am, we’re looking at career opportunities in the mainland, with the All-China Youth Federation announcing 40,000 jobs and internships to young people from Hong Kong in the next five years.


    20/09/2021 - 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)

    20/09/2021 - Election committee

    20/09/2021 - Career opportunities in the mainland

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