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RTHK grouses dive amid programs sea change

RTHK grouses dive amid programs sea change

The Ombudsman received only 10 complaints against public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong last year, a steep plunge from over 200 cases the year before.
Ombudsman Winnie Chiu Wai-yin yesterday tabled her 34th annual report at the Legislative Council, saying the office received 8,851 inquiries and 4,934 complaints last year.

Word of the drop came after "internal adjustments" were implemented by Permanent Secretary for Security Patrick Li Pak-chuen, who was previously the director of broadcasting.

During Li's 15-month tenure helming RTHK - from last March to last month - he suspended a variety of programs and garnered strong support from the pro-establishment camp.

Other departments didn't fare so well in the report.

The Housing Department topped the list in terms of the number of reports lodged against it with 618 complaints.

It was followed by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department with 532 complaints and the Transport Department with 248.

However, the Hospital Authority also saw a drop in complaints, seeing only 154 cases compared with 195 the year before.

Of the total number of complaints lodged last year, 206 or 7.5 percent concerned Covid-19, ranging from quarantine arrangements to the disruption of public services.

The number of complaints investigated and resolved added up to 2,739, slightly fewer than the year before. "In this regard," Chiu said, "the office is keeping up with its efforts."

As for the remaining cases, those were "closed after assessment due to insufficient grounds to pursue the complaint or jurisdictional or legal restrictions."

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