Radio 3 Highlights

Today's Focus
We focus on the Hong Kong and China markets in this Friday's Money Talk, with Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities, and Kenny Wen, wealth management strategist at Sun Hung Kai Financial. Later in the programme we'll get a view from Australia with Toby Lawson, CEO of Societe Generale Securities in Sydney. Richard Harris is hosting the show in place of Peter Lewis, until October 28. (8am-8.30am, email to,  text to 63 93 59 25, facebook twitter )

On Backchat, the CE and SJ have launched judicial review against the Legislative Council president's decision over the retaking of the oaths. Some question whether this threatens the separation of powers, with the Executive exerting undue influence on the Legislature. Rita Fan says the move would not undermine the separation of powers because that principle was non-existent in the Basic Law. What do you think? After 9.20, the final US debate. (8:30-9:30am, call in on 233 88 266, facebookemail or text 6393 5925)

Today on Morning Brew we'll be mostly talking about Typhoon Haima, and of course after 12, Super Typhoon Marshy, who will be here in the studio come Hellraiser or High Noon to tell you about Jack Reacher 2, The Age Of Shadows, and Up For Love. The Chefs have decided to hibernate today, but we'll have a chat with funny man Jami Gong after 11, about tomorrow's HK International Comedy Festival and competition grand final. We'll be doing our best to keep you filled in this morning on all typhoon related things. If you want people to know about an event today that is either off or on, do let us know here or by email ( (9:30am-1pm,  facebook)

On 123 Show, fitness guru Nathan Solia joins us at 1.30 to talk about how stress affects our physical performance. After 2pm, we'll hear Ian Pooler reading a story by Florence Au, who was the creative prize winner in Hong Kong’s Top story 2015, in the senior category. (Hong Kong’s Top story 2016 is up and running with the theme of “Family and Friends” -- the deadline for entries is November 13.) After 2.30pm, your typhoon tales -- let us know what you're doing today! (1:15pm-3pm, facebook or email
Eating Smoke


These days Chris Thrall is a successful British author. But, it wasn't always so. In the 1990s he left the Royal Marines to find his fortune in Hong Kong, but instead found himself homeless, and hooked on crystal methamphetamine. In a downward spiral, he also began working for the 14K triad society as a doorman in one of their nightclubs in Wan Chai. Dealing with psychosis and paranoia, this "foreign triad" had to survive in the world’s most unforgiving city, addicted to the world’s most dangerous drug. "Eating Smoke" is his story.

We at Radio 3 asked him, after an interview on Morning Brew, whether we might serialise it for radio. Chris and his publisher immediately agreed, and this Saturday at 8.30am you can hear part two of three.

In th​is week's final episode​ , Chris pays the price for what has now become a chilling way of life. He experiences a catastrophic psychotic meltdown, during which the line between reality and imagination no longer exists. There is now only one thing left to do...

"Eating Smoke" is read by Nicholas Atkinson, abridged for radio by Alan Sargent, and Directed and Produced by Phil Whelan, Pete Spurrier, and Chris Thrall. (Saturday, 8.30am)
Hong Kong's Top Story 2016

Start Writing now!

"Family and Friends" is the theme of this year’s Hong Kong’s Top Story, co-organised by RTHK and EJ Insight and the Hong Kong Economic Journal Education.

We are now inviting all creative writers to submit original short stories with a length of 1,500-2,000 words, to by 13 November 2016. You could win book prizes from Pan MacMillan, dining vouchers from the Lan Kwai Fong Group and have your work read on air and published on EJ Insight’s webpage and HKEJ Education.

For more details, Please visit HERE.

The Big Idea is Back!
The Big Idea: This week’s theme is conservation – not environmental conservation, but the care of artefacts. In a recent programme we talked about creativity, but the work of creative artists and craftsmen is dependent on many others for its realization, dissemination, and survival – people like stage managers, editors, engineers, patrons, the makers of musical instruments. Material works of art and what we now call heritage are subject to all kinds of damage and decay. Conservators are the people whose job it is to protect or restore these artefacts and structures for the use and enjoyment of people in the future. They are technicians; but they also have to be historians, scientists, and scholars and artists in their own right: after all, some artefacts can be ruined rather than renewed, by the act of conservation. Meanwhile the work of conservators and restorers raises important and difficult questions, about origins and authenticity and aesthetic choice. (Sundays, 8.30am-9am)

Programme Schedule

Time Programme Presenter(s)
05:00-06:30 Night Music Peter King 
06:30-08:00 Hong Kong Today Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler 
08:00-08:30 Money Talk Richard Harris 
08:30-09:30 Backchat Hugh Chiverton and Danny Gittings 
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 Music for night owls and early birds 
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