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".

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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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Political Reform Report 00:22:07 2014-07-18
This week we’re focusing on – what else? – political reform. This week, the government took the first step in what it designates a "Five-step Process" towards political reform. Not only has Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying submitted its report to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the government has also published a report on its interpretation of the five month public consultation on the methods of election to the Legislative Council in 2016 and for the Chief Executive in 201. The consultation exercise gathered around 124,700 written submissions from different groups and individuals. In terms of its content, many noticed that the report was notable for what it left out as much as what it put in.

Well, does the government’s interpretation of its consultation even begin to reflect genuine Hong Kong public opinion? And, given that the report plays down the need for reforming the 2016 Legco elections, which will in turn affect the composition of any future nomination committee, have the democrats played into the authorities’ hands buy placing so much emphasis on 2017 and public nomination and playing down the 2016 elections? With us in the studio are the Civic Party’s Ronny Tong, Fernando Cheung of the Labour Party, and Andrew Work of the Harbour Times. We have also been asking the government, repeatedly, for over a week, to send a representative to discuss the report and the government’s strategy. They declined, saying anyone who could do so was too busy.