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


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Hundreds of job lost under TVB restructuring  Listenfacebook
TVB has announced it will lay off more than 300 people as part of a restructuring plan. In a filing to the stock exchange, the loss-making broadcaster said it would merge two channels. It said the new channel would aim to provide content for a young audience. Vanessa Cheng reports:
SFC accused of being too 'passive' over Hounax scam  Listenfacebook
The Securities and Futures Commission has defended its action against a suspicious virtual currency exchange platform, saying the investigation began at an early stage. This comes after a lawmaker accused the commission of being too passive and not doing enough to protect investors. As Natale Ching reports, police say the platform, Hounax, defrauded people out of nearly $150 million:
Study shows HK unprepared for future extreme weather  Listenfacebook
Researchers are urging authorities to step up disaster mitigation plans as they warn that the number of hot nights in Hong Kong will soar in the coming decades and there will be even heavier rainfall. A joint study by the Chinese University, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Science and Technology, shows the government's current plans for dealing with extreme weather may not be sufficient. Project leader, Professor Edward Ng from The Chinese University's School of Architecture, told Janice Wong that measures to combat extreme weather need changes both in government's policies and citizens' practice:
HK's Cop28 forum to promote green financing  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong will host its first forum at the United Nations climate talks to promote the city as a green and sustainable financial centre. The event will be co-hosted by the Financial Services Development Council and Friends of the Earth at the upcoming Cop28 summit in Dubai. Friends of the Earth chairman, Plato Yip, says the city's regional strengths give it a formidable advantage in becoming a global epicentre for green finance. He spoke to Samantha Butler:
Hopes to preserve Choi Hung Estate's sense of identity  Listenfacebook
An architect and public housing expert has urged authorities to preserve the famous rainbow colour theme of Choi Hung Estate if the redevelopment of the decades-old estate is given the go-ahead. The Housing Authority is reportedly planning to demolish and redevelop the estate, which was built in the 1960s. Professor Rosman Wai of the University of Hong Kong said the colours gave the neighbourhood a sense of identity. She told Elvis Yu more about the estate's unique design and features:
Online booking system launched for restricted areas  Listenfacebook
A new police platform has launched for people who want to apply for permits to hold activities or conduct location filming in public places, and for entering restricted areas near the border, such as Sha Tau Kok. The force said the new $20 million platform would be more convenient than the old paper-based application process. Damon Pang reports:
Liaison office head highlights HK's advantages  Listenfacebook
The director of Beijing's liaison office says Hong Kong plays an irreplaceable role on the path of Chinese-style modernisation and the implementation of One Country, Two Systems. Speaking at the Hong Kong Financial Forum, Zheng Yanxiong said the SAR's advantages as an international city would not be easily taken away despite global challenges. Wendy Wong reports:
Coalition group to host UAE investment forums  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Coalition says it agreed with officials in Abu Dhabi to host a joint investment forum on an annual basis starting from next year. The NGO says it will organise the events in Hong Kong with the Chinese Importers' and Exporters' Association while the Abu Dhabi Investment Office will hold the forums in the United Arab Emirates. Lawmaker Kennedy Wong, who recently led a delegation to Abu Dhabi, told Kelly Yu more about the visit:
Tech Tuesday delves into OpenAI turmoil  Listenfacebook
Tech Tuesday examines the power struggle at OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT. The dust seems to have settled and Sam Altman is back as CEO after being sacked. But reports suggest that concerns over an AI push at the company may have been a reason for his dismissal in the first place. Violet Wong finds out more:
HK's interbank rate rises to 16-year high  Listenfacebook
The one-month Hong Kong interbank offered rate, or Hibor, which is used to price the majority of local mortgage loans, has risen by 15 basis points to 5.53 percent, the highest since October 2007. Property analyst, Hannah Jeong, who is the Head of Valuation and Advisory Services at Colliers, said she was concerned by the latest Hibor rate increase, saying it could also dampen the property market sentiment in Hong Kong. She spoke to Chloe Feng:
Chinese families file claims over missing flight MH370  Listenfacebook
A court in Beijing has begun hearing compensation cases filed by families of Chinese victims who were on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared almost a decade ago. Kelly Yu reports: