Radio 3 Highlights

Today's Focus
Helping us start a new week on Money Talk are Alex Wong, director of Asset Management at Ample Capital, and Nitin Dialdas, CIO of Mandarin Capital. We'll also look at relations between China and the Philippines with Tom Rafferty, from the Economist Corporate Network in Beijing, who'll also give us an update on the mainland markets. (8am-8.30am, email to,  text to 63 93 59 25, facebook twitter )

On Backchat, Skycity. The airport authority has the green light to build the biggest retail space in Hong Kong , plus hotels, offices and entertainment facilities, all hoping to capitalise on its location next to the airport and bridge. The land is donated by the Government - is it money well spent, and what sort of public oversight should there be? Are airport cities the way of the future? Or an outdated fad from the past? After 9.20, new MTR in Kowloon. (8:30-9:30am, call in on 233 88 266, facebookemail or text 6393 5925)
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)
06:00-07:00 Sunday Early Show Simon Willson 
07:00-07:10 Weekend AM RTHK Newsroom 
07:10-08:00 Sunday Early Show Simon Willson 
08:00-08:15 Weekend AM RTHK Newsroom 
08:15-08:25 Letter To Hong Kong
08:25-08:30 Thought for the Week Jao Resari 
08:30-09:00 The Big Idea Douglas Kerr 
09:00-09:30 Sunday Smile Candice Moore 
09:30-13:00 Sunday Escape Carolyn Wright 
13:00-13:10 News at One RTHK Newsroom 
13:10-16:00 Simon Willson Simon Willson  
16:00-18:00 Pinoy Life Aileen Alonzo and Jun Concepcion 
18:00-18:15 Weekend Roundup RTHK Newsroom  
18:15-18:45 Hong Kong Heritage Annemarie Evans 
18:45-19:00 Top Story Winners 2015
19:00-20:00 Saptahik Sandesh Chura Thapa  
20:00-21:00 Hong Kong Ki Shaam Abid Ali Baig  
21:00-22:00 Pete's Private Collection Peter King  
22:00-23:00 Sunday Late Kevin Lewis 
23:00-23:10 News at Eleven RTHK Newsroom 
23:10-02:00 Sunday Late Kevin Lewis 
02:00-06:00 Night Music -  
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