Director of Broadcasting,
Following the government’s announcement that RTHK will no longer provide the BBC World Service on its 24 hour cycle, we would like to request that the government reconsider and finds a way to keep the current service.
As you know the BBC World Service is acknowledged worldwide to be one of the most comprehensive, high quality and balanced news reporting platforms available on air. Its coverage goes beyond simply reporting news, but includes informed, insightful and relevant programmes that address some of the biggest issues we face globally – importantly it covers environmental issues in a way that no other local media channel does. In particular, this coverage ensures that we can keep abreast of what is happening globally on the environment as well as how this relates to Hong Kong. We are particularly concerned on the myriad environmental challenges facing the world – as ultimately this affects us all.
We support introducing channels to enhance cultural exchange, but request that this is not at the expense of such an important media channel.
As you will see for this petition, many people agree. So, we ask the government to reconsider relegating the World Service to anti-social hours.
We appreciate your consideration in this matter.