A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Jim Gould and Ada Wong

    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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    Podcast: Daily update and available after its broadcast.



    Omicron variant; and wild boars

    8:30am-9:15am: Omicron variant

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

    8:45am-9:00am: Mary-Louise McLaws, epidemiologist at University of New South Wales and advisor to the World Health Organization

    9:00am-9:15am: Dr Siddharth Sridhar, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Hong Kong

    9:15am-9:30am: wild boars

    9:15am-9:30am: Dr David Gething, Founder and Chief Veterinary Officer, Creature Comforts Veterinary Group

    On Tuesday's Backchat: the Omicron coronavirus variant; and more on wild boars.

    Hong Kong has reported three imported cases of Omicron, which was first detected in southern Africa, and has now been found in Israel, Germany, Italy, Britain and Australia.

    The new, heavily mutated variant has prompted a number of countries and regions, to impose new travel curbs. Arrivals in Hong Kong from anywhere with Omicron outbreaks now have to spend seven days at the Penny’s Bay quarantine centre, followed by two weeks’ of hotel isolation.

    Australia will also review its plans to reopen borders to foreign students and skilled workers from December 1.

    From 9:15am, we’re talking more about wild boars as the government’s new catch-and-kill approach has sparked criticism from animal rights group and vets.

    30/11/2021 - 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)

    30/11/2021 - Omicron variant

    30/11/2021 - Wild boars




    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!’


    Tim Huxley (L), Director, Mandarin Shipping; Louis Chan (R), Principal Economist (Global Research), HKTDC

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

    主持人:Jim Gould and Ada Wong

    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

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