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Today's Focus
Money Talk: A wave of disappointing economic news from around the globe and more trouble for banks have got May’s markets off to a gloomy start.  In China manufacturing in small companies contracts, in the UK manufacturing output declines there for the first time in 3 years and the European Union revises down its growth and inflation forecasts. The IMF downgrades its growth forecasts for Hong Kong & the mainland. In Australia the central bank cuts interest rates for the first time in a year and the government delivers its final budget before the general election.
In Europe banking giants HSBC, UBS and Commerzbank all report sharp first quarter profit falls. Italian banks tumble for the 3rd day after the country’s 10th largest bank requires a government bailout. In Brazil, banking stocks fall sharply as the country’s banks battle a raising number of defaults.
Joining us this morning to review all the latest business headlines, economic data and market action is Stewart Aldcroft of CitiTrust.
We also look at efforts by the Chinese commodity exchanges to curb speculation in the futures markets with Bill Herder head of the Futures Industry Association in Asia.
Finally, we get our regular Wednesday view from the USA with RTHK’s international economics correspondent Barry Wood based in Washington D.C. (8am-8.30am, email to,  text to 63 93 59 25,facebooktwitter)

On Backchat, Religion and China. Xi Jinping has been making clear in recent weeks that religious leaders must be subordinate to the Party, leading to friction with Christian groups in particular. He has also been recently assertive in the fields of education, the arts, civil society and the media. Much of the effort is directed against foreign ideas and foreign infiltration. Is the talk effective? Is anyone listening? Can China be ideologically pure and economically progressive? Call us on 23388266 or email After 9.20, floating islands on the bridge to Macau. (8:30-9:30am, call in on 233 88 266, facebookemail or text 6393 5925)

Welcome to Wednesday on Morning Brew, and May The Fourth Be...blah blah, etc. New York Correspondent Tracy Quan returns at 10.10 after an evening (for her) doing all things bookish at the New York City Book Awards Ceremony. At 11.10 we meet heavy rockers "Other Theories". Formed in HK in 2014 these guys come come from several different countries, and will tell us about Underground Heavy 13 which happens tomorrow night. Apparently, our bodies fight against weight loss programs and crave sausages. That's according to Pilates Athlete Jason Clark, who returns from his travels at 12.10.(9:30am-1pm,  facebook,email

On today's 123 Show you can hear more about cooking and in particular Western cuisine, in light of a "Tasty Europe" culinary competition. Chef Andreas Muller, Programme Director (International Cuisine), International Culinary Institute + Mars Lam, the winning student of the competition joins us at 1.30pm to tell us more. And after 2.30pm, Tom Grundy, Editor in Chief at Hong Kong Free Press on the government not granting them media access.
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 Michael Chugani 
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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