Caught in the Crossfire
On Wednesday, actors from the show were filming their final episode under hot studio lights.
“I would like to say ‘see you again’ but how can I tell such a big lie,” said Ng Chi-sum, a veteran of the show, who was dressed as a dynastic-era empress to mock Hong Kong’s deeply unpopular pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam.
RTHK has increasingly found itself caught in the crossfire of Hong Kong’s intense political polarization.
Modeled on Britain’s BBC, it is a public broadcaster which officially remains editorially independent of the government.
It has long been seen by the city’s pro-Beijing camp as biased towards their pro-democracy opponents, a charge the broadcaster denies.
Last month, Lam’s government announced it had appointed a task force to “review operations and management of RTHK”.
Critics fear the move is an attempt to mold RTHK into something that more closely resembles the heavily censored and relentlessly positive state broadcasters of authoritarian mainland China.
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by Su Xinqi