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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Vicky Wong


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Govt promises to boost promotion of HKeToll  Listenfacebook
Transport Commissioner Rosanna Law admits that the government has not done enough to promote a new e-tunnel toll payment system that was meant to be introduced on February 26, but has now been put back more than two months. Tunnel workers who had been offered severance packages called the situation chaotic after these deals were cancelled. Maggie Ho reports:
Assurances given over toll staff severance pay  Listenfacebook
Despite the delay of introducing electronic toll payment at the Tsing Sha Control Area, the government says the plan to implement HKeToll in summer at the cross-harbour tunnels, and the rest of the tunnels by year-end was still on schedule. Transport Commissioner, Rosanna Law, said over 450,000 tags had now been issued to drivers and HKeToll could be made compulsory in future.She also denied that laid-off toll workers at Tsing Sha would lose their severance pay, after they were asked to come back to work. She spoke to Vicky Wong:
Foodpanda rider killed in traffic accident  Listenfacebook
Foodpanda has confirmed that one of its delivery riders was killed in a traffic accident in Kwai Chung on Tuesday morning. The online food and grocery delivery platform says he was covered by insurance, as Mike Weeks reports:
Crime rate jumps due to fraud cases  Listenfacebook
Police say a spike in Fraud cases saw Hong Kong's crime rate jumped 8.7 percent last year. They accounted for 40 percent of the just over 70,000 crimes logged by the police in 2022. Wendy Wong reports:
Airport bust seizes 100 kilos of meth  Listenfacebook
Customs officers say they seized 100 kilogrammes of suspected methamphetamine in a major drugs bust at the airport last month. As Natale Ching reports, the haul is said to be worth around $57 million:
Land sale security clause doesn't affect investor confidence: John Lee  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive John Lee has dismissed suggestions that the addition of national security clauses to land sale documents is affecting investor confidence. As Frank Yung reports, the comments come a day after the Hong Kong Economic Times reported that the government had started including the provision late last year:
i-Cable to end pay-TV service  Listenfacebook
i-Cable Communications is ending its pay-TV service but insists no will lose their jobs because of the move. The Chief Executive in Council has approved the termination of Cable TV's licence from June 1, as Maggie Ho reports:
i-Cable cites fierce competition over content  Listenfacebook
In a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, i-Cable Communications said the move was due to the rapidly changing media landscape here and fierce competition among global pay-TV content providers. It said it would continue to provide its free television services along with other businesses, including broadband telecommunications and mobile services. Grace Leung is a lecturer at the Chinese University's School of Journalism and Communication. She told Vanessa Cheng that the pay television market was declining, so TV operators had no choice but to diversify their businesses:
'Pay-TV operators could give platform to users'  Listenfacebook
A media analyst at PwC says he is not surprised that i-Cable is giving up its pay-TV licence. Wilson Chow heads PwC's global technology and media industry practice and says Hong Kong is a small market that faces competition from global services, such as Netflix, Disney-plus and Apple TV. He told Ben Tse that for local operators to survive, they should consider expanding into the Greater Bay Area, or even allowing subscribers to generate content: