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The Audit Report on RTHK; Home-alone Children; Over Zealous Hawker Control?; A Globetrotter Stops Over (28 Apr 2006)

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For seven months seven auditors worked within RTHK turning over every stone. The result? A 165-page report released on Wednesday. It criticized what the auditors called a culture of "non-compliance" with government procedures, unplanned budget overruns on television programmes, unjustified overtime payments, and excessive entertainment expenses. It also reprimanded the station for accepting private sponsorship. Last week a six-year-old boy who had been left home alone, fell seven floors to his death from the window of his Tin Shui Wai home. There are, surprisingly, no official figures on how common the phenomenon of home alone kids is. It's probable that fewer children are left alone these days but, given the increasing gap between rich and poor, the numbers could rise again. We talk to Susan So, the director of the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children. Control teams ensure licensed hawkers don't t cause obstructions, and arrest unlicensed ones. Operations take place around the clock. In December the government estimated there were around 2,800 unlicensed hawkers in Hong Kong. Last year there were over 20,000 convictions for hawker-related offences. But are we cracking down too hard on something that could be an asset? One of television's most inveterate, and best-known, travellers stopped over in Hong Kong last week. Ian Wright has visited more than 70 countries in 11 years for the "Pilot Guides" travel series, also known as "Globe Trekker" and "Lonely Planet". The adventurer was in town last week to promote his new show.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, April 28, 2006
Station: 
RTHK
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