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A New Role for the Central Policy Unit?; Free-to-air TV licences; Declining English Standards; Operation Santa Claus (23 Nov 2012)


This week, Shiu Sin-por, head of the Central Policy Unit, went to a Legislative Council panel to ask for funding to hire a new officer to monitor public opinion. That gave rise to a debate on the role of the CPU, and of the activities of member Sophia Kao, who apparently needs to vet up to 3,000 individuals on advisory committees for the government. Has the CPU changed from a think tank to a propaganda wing?  We also look at the  ongoing saga over free-to-air TV licences. The government is dragging its feet as new players are eager to enter the market. And naturally, TVB and ATV are not welcoming competition.  Many who regularly use English here will tell you they've noticed a decline in local English standards, and according to one survey, we have fallen behind even among Asian countries. But is it serious? And what can be done?  And we end this week with a look at the Opening Ceremony for this year's Operation Santa Claus charity drive.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, November 23, 2012
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