Document Type

Thesis

Publication details

Patkin, JG 2011, 'Public service broadcasting and minorities: investigating Radio 3 in Hong Kong', DBA thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

Copyright JG Patkin 2011

Abstract

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) is the government appointed public service broadcaster (PSB) in Hong Kong. Following a review of Public Service Broadcasting in 2007 the Hong Kong Government issued a charter that required the broadcaster to serve minority audiences. The new charter replaced a previous agreement that also included provisions for serving minorities. The charter holds similar values to RTHK’s corporate mission statement. This thesis focuses on a group of non-Chinese Hong Kong residents who are linked by the use of English as a lingua franca. English is one of three official languages in Hong Kong. The researcher investigates whether RTHK’s sole all-English local radio channel, Radio 3, includes or excludes Hong Kong’s South Asian community in its programming. A multi-method approach including questionnaires, focus groups, interviews and a content analysis is used. The findings show that Radio 3 needs to realign itself with the English speaking community of Hong Kong in order to fulfill its role as a PSB.