A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Anna Fenton

    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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    Monday to Friday 8.30am - 9.30am
    (*except holidays)

    Podcast: Daily update and available after its broadcast.



    Cathay Pacific; RTHK

    On Tuesday's Backchat, restructuring of Cathay Pacific and the future of RTHK.

    Speaking to media on Friday, the CEO of Cathay Pacific, Tang Kin-wing said the company will not rule out any options to minimise the cost of operation. He refused to answer to queries regarding staff cuts but the airline announced last week that it wouldn't apply for the second round of government subsidies which are intended to help local companies to retain manpower and alleviate financial burden.

    Can it survive, and if it has to cut costs, what's the best way to do that? Should the Government continue the bail out? What are its advantages? Is it time to reposition itself? What does Beijing want?

    From 9:15-9:30, amid controversy over an interviewer, we'll be discussing the shape of RTHK.

    8:30-9:15 CX
    8:30-9:00: Jeremy Tam, Civic Party lawmaker and former CX pilot.
    8:30-9:15: Achim Czerny, Associate Professor, Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic
    9:00-9:15: Kevin Tsui, Associate Professor, The John E. Walker. Department of Economics, Clemson University

    9:15-9:30 RTHK
    Andrew Leung, International and Independent China Strategist and former Director-General of Social Welfare 

    29/09/2020 - 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)

    29/09/2020 - Cathay Pacific

    29/09/2020 - RTHK

    Andrew Leung




    Paul Zimmerman (L) and David Webb


    Jason Poon (L), Tom Yam(middle) and Ryan Ip (R)

    Mass testing and the economy

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Anna Fenton

    On Wednesday’s Backchat, Mass testing effectiveness and the economy.

     About 1.78 million people have taken part in the government’s multi-million mass testing programme for Covid-19 that ended on Monday. The 530-million-dollar project, that last for two weeks has managed to track down 42 Covid-19 cases. 

    We’ll discuss the effectiveness of this project. And the Government has unveiled a third round of relief funding amounting to $24 billion. How is the money best directed? 

    The government has also relaxed some of the restrictions starting from this coming Friday. Bars will be allowed to open till midnight, Karaoke will resume business and swimming pools will be re-opened. What do you think about these measures? 

    8:30-9:00 Covid-19 and the Economy 

    Edward Yum, Political commentator and managing director of Ayasa Globo, a subsidiary of a main board listed company 

    Dr. Andrew Yuen, Senior Lecturer of Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics and Academic Director of MBA Programmes at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School 

    9:00-9:30 Mass Testing 

    Dr Kwok Ka-ki, Civic Party lawmaker 

    Dr Henry Yeung, President of Hong Kong Doctors' Union.


    16/09/2020 - 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)

    16/09/2020 - Covid-19 relief measures

    Edward Yum and Andrew Yuen

    16/09/2020 - Mass testing

    Kwok Ka-ki and Henry Yeung

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