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Thursday, August 6, 2015, 16:01

Former ATV news chief to head RTHK

By Kahon Chan/chinadailyasia.com

Former ATV news chief to head RTHK
Leung Ka-wing (GIS Photo)

HONG KONG - Leung Ka-wing, a veteran news executive who has served both existing television broadcasters, will head the official broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) from tomorrow.

The appointment was made public by the government on Thursday following an open recruitment and internal selection process. Leung will succeed veteran civil servant Roy Tang Yun-kwong.

Leung began his journalistic career in 1975 as a newspaper reporter and joined Television Broadcasts (TVB) in 1978. He broke away from the free-to-air station between 1990 and 1994, and finally left TVB in 1999.

He went on to launch an online financial news portal for Hong Kong Economic Times Group in 2000, and became vice president (news and public affairs) of Asia Television (ATV) from 2007.

He resigned in 2011 after the station's newscast reported that former President Jiang Zemin had passed away, which was immediately refuted by state media and has been proven not true.

Early reaction to Leung's appointment has been positive. Lawmaker and former reporter Claudia Mo Man-ching praised Leung for being a competent leader in media industry.

RTHK has largely been independent from influence of the establishment. It remains a government department and is responsible for broadcast of content that serves public interests yet not commercially viable.

Apart from radio, RTHK also airs three digital terrestrial channels. It planned to build a new headquarters in Tseung Kwan O but has not renewed the bid after the government withdrew the funding request from the Legislative Council.

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