The Pulse

The Pulse

Type:VideoLanguage:EnglishCategories:Current AffairsStatus:On going Description: RTHK's English-language current affairs programme that takes "The Pulse" of Hong Kong ... and the world around it.

"The Pulse" is presented by locally and internationally known journalist and writer Steve Vines.

Its focus? The latest events and trends that affect Hong Kong - from the corridors of power and business boardrooms, to the streets and dai pai dongs.

"The Pulse" is politics. What's happening in the Legislative Council and on the streets right now.

"The Pulse" is the media, informing us how well or badly our press and broadcast organisations diagnose and reflect the society around us.

"The Pulse" is insightful, in-depth reports and interviews on current issues - examining those issues in depth, looking behind and beyond the news.

Its focus is on the timely. The Now.

Keep your eye ... and your finger ... on "The Pulse".

If you want to discuss anything you've seen in "The Pulse", or anything in the public eye right now, or just to talk about the show, why not join in the debate on our Facebook page 


The programme is aired every Friday evening on ATV World at 18:55, and on TVB Pearl on Saturday Morning at 08:30 am.

Initial webcast: Friday HKT 2100 - 2130

Archive available later after live webcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.

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Express rail overbudget, "co-location" arrangement and delays, Police wrongful arrests, in the studi 00:21:58 2015-05-22
In 2009 when the government proposed building the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, there was strong opposition. And it hasn’t abated.
Not only are there doubts about how many passengers it will carry but also over the price tag which is heading over the original HK$65 billion, the equivalent of HK$9,000 out of each Hongkonger’s pocket.

According to government figures, 955 people were arrested in connection with the Occupy protests between September and December last year, and 45 more afterwards. 112 have been arrested for other protests since. The police say they don’t keep figures for successful convictions, but a glance at news reports reveals that courts are finding a great many defendants not guilty. Some charges have been withdrawn by prosecutors. In other cases magistrates have been skeptical of police officers’ honesty and the exercising of their powers. More recently the wrongful arrest of an autistic man on a manslaughter charge has brought the issue of police power to the fore once again. With me in the studio is the former Director of Public Prosecutions, Grenville Cross.

After weeks of what many observers condemn as a deadly “ping pong” match, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has ordered search and rescue missions for Rohingya migrant boats in the Andaman Sea. More than 7,000 migrants, mainly from Myanmar, are believed to have been stranded at sea for almost a month. Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are among several states in the region that have refused to take them in. We’ll end with a look at their plight.