The Pulse

The Pulse

Type:VideoLanguage:EnglishCategories:NewsCurrent AffairsStatus:On going Description: RTHK's English-language current affairs programme that takes "The Pulse" of Hong Kong ... and the world around it.

"The Pulse" is presented by locally and internationally known journalist and writer Steve Vines.

Its focus? The latest events and trends that affect Hong Kong - from the corridors of power and business boardrooms, to the streets and dai pai dongs.

"The Pulse" is politics. What's happening in the Legislative Council and on the streets right now.

"The Pulse" is the media, informing us how well or badly our press and broadcast organisations diagnose and reflect the society around us.

"The Pulse" is insightful, in-depth reports and interviews on current issues - examining those issues in depth, looking behind and beyond the news.

Its focus is on the timely. The Now.

Keep your eye ... and your finger ... on "The Pulse".

If you want to discuss anything you've seen in "The Pulse", or anything in the public eye right now, or just to talk about the show, why not join in the debate on our Facebook page, RTHK's The Pulse. 

The programme is aired every Saturday on RTHK 31 & 31A at 00:00-00:30, and a repeat at 18:00-18:30. TVB Pearl on Saturday Morning at 08:30-09:00

Archive available later after broadcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.



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i-Cable & discussion on the challenges in the TV industry, Two Sessions in Beijing 00:21:57 2017-03-18
Whatever the government is trying to do in its Hong Kong broadcasting policies, the end result has been a mess. Under Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s administration, the 59-year old Asia Television finally died last year after prolonged deterioration and the, er, ‘interesting’ spell of control by mainland entities. In 2013, against much public resistance, the government refused to grant a free-TV license to Ricky Wong’s HKTV. And now there’s news that another established television station, i-Cable, could soon be gone. Our producer Liz Yuen was at the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market, or Filmart, to find out to what extent is the television industry entering the Internet Age and whether professionals embrace that shift or avoid revolutionary changes. With us are Takahiro Hamano, senior producer of The Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK, and Joe Suteestarpon, who started Doonee, a subscription video-on-demand provider.

On Wednesday, the annual “Two Sessions” meetings of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the National People’s Congress, drew to a close. Our producer Lily Ng was in Beijing for those meetings. Later in the show she looks at what government’s plans could mean for foreign businesses operating in China. And then there’s another issue, discussed during these meetings, that strikes closer to home: it concerns Hong Kong children and that tricky matter of the national education curriculum.

Well, after Trump and Brexit, and in the face of populist threats in upcoming elections in France and Germany, the usually unnoticed elections in the Netherlands became a matter of global attention. Voters turned away from populism and racism as Conservative Prime Minister Mark Ruttee managed to hold on to his position in the face of a strong challenge from his anti-immigration rival Geert Wilders. And the biggest gains went to the environmentalist GreenLeft. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, the courts blocked President Trump’s second attempt at an anti-Muslim travel ban. Perhaps then this was a slightly less depressing week for the non-xenophobes.