12 Aug '17, 9am

Hong Kong broadcaster to replace BBC with Chinese radio

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's official radio station said it will replace its 24-hour BBC broadcast with Chinese state-run programming in a move critics on Saturday (Aug 11) said was a step towards "mainlandisation". The city's Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) has been broadcasting the BBC World Service live since 1978 but will replace it starting Sep 4 with the China National Radio Hong Kong Edition (CNR). Some see the move as signs that the city is further aligning itself with China. "This is absolutely one step forward towards mainlandisation in Hong Kong," pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo told AFP, adding that Chinese authorities may feel that city residents were not patriotic enough. "They should all be reigned in and taught to feel Chinese," Mo said of the motive behind the move, which comes at a time when many feel Beijing is squeezing the semi-autonomous city's freedoms...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong...

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