A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Janice Wong and Andrew Work

    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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    Winter flu season; technology to boost efficiency of hybrid rice production; World Cup 2022

    8:30am-9:15am: Winter flu

    8:30am-8:45am: Dr Michael Wong, Hospital Authority Chief Manager (Cluster Performance)

    8:45am-9:15am: Dr Vijaykrishna (Vijay) Dhanasekaran, Associate Professor, Division of Public Health Laboratory Sciences, HKU’s School of Public Health

    9:00am-9:15am: Dr Surya Paudel, Assistant Professor (Poultry) at the Department of Infec-tious Diseases and Public Health, City University of Hong Kong

    9:15am-9:25am: rice

    9:15am-9:25am: Professor Zhang Jianhua, Chair Professor of the Department of Biology at HKBU

    9:25am-9:30am: World Cup 2022

    9:25am-9:30am: Atom Cheung, RTHK sports reporter

    On Friday's Backchat, we're talking about the upcoming winter flu season, and concerns about a possible ‘twindemic’ in the coming weeks.

    Local health authorities are bracing for an increase in cases of ordinary flu — with the population now less immune and more susceptible to a serious outbreak after two years without a winter flu surge.

    And with Covid-19 figures remaining at around 10,000 per day, public hospitals have been given HK$790 million in extra funding to pay for more beds and manpower to deal with a possible rise in the number of patients.

    So how big of a risk are we facing? Is the healthcare system ready for a possible ‘twindemic’?

    After 9.15am, we hear about a new technique developed by local scientists to increase the efficiency of hybrid rice production

    And at 9.25am, we'll be joined by RTHK sports correspondent Atom Cheung with the latest on the World Cup.

    02/12/2022 - 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)

    02/12/2022 - Winter flu season

    02/12/2022 - Technology to increase the efficiency of hybrid rice production

    02/12/2022 - World Cup 2022


    11 - 12


    Jason Chan, Programme Manager (Testing & PLHIV Service), AIDS Concern




    Social welfare spending cuts; and LeaveHomeSafe app

    主持人:Janice Wong and Andrew Work

    8:30am-9:15am: social welfare spending cuts

    8:30am-9:00am: Cliff Choi Kim-wah, Business Director, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

    8:30am-9:15am: Andrew Leung, former Director-General of Social Welfare

    8:30am-9:00am: Lai Kin-kwok, Senior Lecturer, Felizberta Lo Padilla Tong School of Social Sciences, Caritas Institute of Higher Education

    9:00am-9:15am: Christine Tam, service development officer, Hong Kong Christian Service 

    9:15am-9:30am: LeaveHomeSafe app

    9:15am-9:30am: James Robertson, owner of restaurant chain Grappas and Cadillac

    On Friday's Backchat: social welfare spending cuts, and the LeaveHomeSafe app…

    The Social Welfare Department has told NGOs that receive government funding that a planned one percent cut in recurrent expenditure for the next financial year will trickle down to them.

    However, Secretary for Labour & Welfare Law Chi-kwong gave assurances that social welfare payments and subsidies for the elderly won’t be affected.

    This comes as a new survey found that the pandemic has affected the earnings of HongKongers — driving many into debt — while the latest government projections indicate that the number of families living in subdivided flats will exceed 127-thousand in the next decade — a record high.

    So, what will be the effect of the planned welfare budget cut? Is now the right time to do this?

    From 9:15am, we’ll talk about how people are coping with the new requirement for most people going to restaurants, cinemas, and other designated venues to use the LeaveHomeSafe app.


    10/12/2021 - 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)

    10/12/2021 - Social welfare spending cuts

    10/12/2021 - LeaveHomeSafe app

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