Date
24 September 2017
18/F Flat C, the long-running socially inspired radio program, took to the stage last year. Photo: Commercial Radio
18/F Flat C, the long-running socially inspired radio program, took to the stage last year. Photo: Commercial Radio

Ho legacy lives on in outspoken radio program

Tributes continued to pour in Friday for George Ho, founder of Commercial Radio Hong Kong, who left a legacy of hard-hitting social commentary and trend-setting programs.

Former broadcasting chief Cheung Man-yee said Ho was not afraid to take on the powers that be and maintained the station’s commitment to social issues even after one of its most outspoken hosts, Lam Bun, was brutally killed during the 1967 riots.

A program launched in Lam’s memory, 18/F Flat C, continues to reflect public views after 46 years as Hong Kong navigates a perilous democratic transition.

Kitty Yip, a former TVB producer and former program director of Commercial Radio Channel 1, said Ho had a deep impact on television.

She said many of TVB’s soap dramas were inspired by 18/F Flat C and that the former’s screenwriter once worked for the latter.

And May Chan, the station’s director of news and public affairs, said Ho never intervened in the newsroom and denied he ever caved to outside forces to obtain license renewal.

Ho died Wednesday aged 95.

He is best remembered, among other things, for phone-in programs, the disc jockey and the comedy group Soft Hard which became a household name in the late 1980s.

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