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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Ian Pooler


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ICAC ends investigation of UGL payment to CY Leung  Listenfacebook
The ICAC will take no further action over corruption allegations surrounding a HK$50 million payment to former Chief Executive CY Leung from the Australian engineering firm, UGL. It says it made the decision after the Department of Justice told it there was insufficient evidence to support a reasonable prospect of convicting Leung of any crime. Maggie Ho reports:
Doubts ‘remain’ about UGL payment   Listenfacebook
Reaction to news that the ICAC is dropping its investigation of former Chief Executive CY Leung over a HK$50 million payment he received from UGL has predictably fallen in line with the divide in the Legislative Council. Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting – who was among those who filed a complaint to the ICAC over the payment - said the justice department needs to give a more detailed account of its reasons for dismissing the allegations against Hong Kong's former leader. But pro-government lawmaker Priscilla Leung, a member of the select committee that looked into the UGL payment, said the outcome was expected. Barrister Senia Ng was a key member of a campaign by the Democratic Party to investigate Leung. Janice Wong asked her what she thought of the decision to halt the UGL probe:
Benny Tai ready to face jail   Listenfacebook
One of the co-founders of the Occupy movement, Benny Tai, says he's not afraid to go to jail, but insists obstructing the public was not the intention of the 2014 civil disobedience pro-democracy campaign. The University of Hong Kong academic was making his final submission as the trial of himself and eight other key Occupy figures draws to a close in the District Court. Wendy Wong reports:
MTR ‘barely supervised’ Hung Hom station work   Listenfacebook
MTR chairman Frederick Ma has played down the rail corporation's role in the building of new platforms at Hung Hom Station for the Shatin-to-Central Link. He told the inquiry into alleged shoddy construction at the site that the MTR was "barely supervising" the work. Timmy Sung reports:
Government rebuffs RTHK-ISD merger call   Listenfacebook
The Commerce Secretary, Edward Yau, says there are no plans at the moment to change RTHK's status or merge it with other government departments, such as Information Services. This came as pro-establishment lawmakers stepped up their attack on the broadcaster, accusing it of producing biased programmes. Opposition legislators countered by accusing the pro-government camp of trying to interfere with the station's editorial independence. Candice Wong reports:
May survives leadership vote, but what now for Brexit?   Listenfacebook
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has emerged victorious from a no-confidence vote in her leadership. It was called by her own Conservative Party colleagues amid anger over her handling of Brexit. But the rebels' gamble didn't pay off. Needing 159 votes to survive, May ended up with 200. 117 MPs voted against her. Ian Pooler asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey what helped swing the vote for the Prime Minister.: