Radio 3 Highlights

Today's Focus
Money Talk: The old market adage says “sell in May and go away.” But it’s mixed fortunes so far on the first trading day in May with Japan swooning and the US surging as currency market swings come to the fore.
Problems mount for the Bank of Japan as the yen continues to rally, getting closer to that psychologically important 100 yen to the US dollar level. The Nikkei 225 has responded with a fall of over 3% with shares of exporters being hit hard. The US Treasury has added the Chinese yuan amongst others to its currency watch list which means it faces possible retaliations over trade imbalances. Meanwhile our guest in the second half of the program is warning of a possible 25% depreciation in the Chinese currency by the end of next year. I talk today to Amar Gill, head of research at CLSA about that prediction and the consequences for Hong Kong and other parts of Asia. Before that, Andrew Freris of Ecognosis Advisory will look at the morning’s business headlines. (8am-8.30am, email to,  text to 63 93 59 25,facebooktwitter)

On Backchat, we'll talk about consumer rights and protection, following a recent report from the Consumer Council which named a chain of fitness centres for engaging in unethical sales practices. Beauty salons are also in the spotlight. Recent incidents have led to renewed calls for a "cooling off period", which would allow customers to change their minds after signing up to various deals. Have you encountered any intimidating and misleading sales pitches?  After 9.20am, the relocation of the former Queen’s Pier. (8:30-9:30am, call in on 233 88 266, facebookemail or text 6393 5925)

Welcome to Morning Brew this Tuesday. We kick off at 10.10 with all things Aussie from Jarrod Watt. This week: Australia wins again - at cricket? No! Since the new Game of Thrones series began they’re the biggest bunch of pirates in the world, leading to some very interesting responses from the nation’s regulators. Meanwhile in Canberra, it’s time for the Federal Budget, which will either pave way for the Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals to win the coming election, or dig a big hole big enough to bury a one term government. It’s already exposed one thing: The Treasurer’s idea of an ‘average’ income is about HK$100,000 off the mark. Back in Melbourne, someone’s opened a Wolf Creek theme bar: apparently it’s backpacker friendly! At 10.40, Dr. Merrin Pearse makes his weekly visit to tell us about some very creative submissions criticising the LanDAC proposal for Lantau Island. After 11, we meet bass player and music producer Sam Ferrer, who's group Shaolin Fez (made up of some of the best symphonic and and jazz musicians in town) are about to hit the recording studio and also raise money for Save the Children's efforts in Syria. Top opera singer David Quah will be here at 11.40 to tell us about his "Oldies But Goodies" concert coming up on Thursday. After 12, Business Futurist Morris Miselowski will tell us about upcoming regulation in the states that will actually allow the government to hack Tor and VPN users legally. (9:30am-1pm,  facebook,email

On today's 123 Show we can hear Liesbeth Avern-Briers, the Founder of LizzieBee Foundation, a community arts charity at 1.30pm. After pm, your usual two for 2. (1:15pm-3pm, facebook or email
New Show: B is for Bacon

This Saturday morning at 8.30 Chef and author Jason Black presents another delicious episode of B is for Bacon. This week he proves that there is a lot of dough to be made in the F&B Business, especially when it comes to baking pizza! He gets the low-down on the classic New York-style 'pie' from chef Vinny Lauria; Rahim Mohammed of Pizza Express talks consistency and baker Gregoire Michaud explains how to do it at home, IF you (and your oven) can take the heat. There is wine and, of course, a little mozzarella madness.

Produced by Phil Whelan

New Show: Colin Aitchison presents Vintage Chart Toppers

On this week's Vintage Chart Toppers, the Kid from Red Bank, the first ever smash hit for Capitol records, and the UK's man with the Golden trumpet!(Sundays, 8.30am-9am)

Programme Schedule

Time Programme Presenter(s)
05:00-06:30 Night Music Music for night owls and early birds 
06:30-08:00 Hong Kong Today Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler 
08:00-08:30 Money Talk Peter Lewis 
08:30-09:30 Backchat Hugh Chiverton and Mike Rowse 
09:30-13:00 Morning Brew Phil Whelan 
13:00-13:15 News at One RTHK Newsroom  
13:15-15:00 1 2 3 Show Noreen Mir 
15:00-18:00 Steve James Steve James 
18:00-19:00 Newswrap RTHK Newsroom  
19:00-21:00 Peter King Peter King  
21:00-22:00 Teen Time Alyson Hau 
22:00-23:00 All The Way with Ray Ray Cordeiro  
23:00-23:30 News at Eleven RTHK Newsroom  
23:30-01:00 All The Way with Ray Ray Cordeiro  
01:00-05:00 Night Music -  
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