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Talk Radio, the Mainstream Press, and Public Opinion in Hong Kong$
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Francis L.F. Lee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208579

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208579.001.0001

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Constructing the Symbolic Value of Talk Radio

Constructing the Symbolic Value of Talk Radio

(p.177) 8 Constructing the Symbolic Value of Talk Radio
Talk Radio, the Mainstream Press, and Public Opinion in Hong Kong

Francis L. F. Lee

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 8 turns to thematic representation and examines three key moments in the past fifteen years during which the symbolic value of talk radio was constructed and negotiated: the physical attack of Albert Cheng in 1998, the resignation of three radio talk show hosts in 2004, and the non-renewal of Ng Chi-sum's contract in 2011. The analysis illustrates the extent to which and the ways in which talk radio was defended by the press when it was perceived to be under attack. It shows how talk radio was articulated with the notion of freedom of speech. The similarities and differences among the three cases also illustrate the changing symbolic status of talk radio in Hong Kong.

Keywords:   Phone-in programs, Hong Kong, Politics, Democracy, Public opinion, Radio, Free political expression, Media studies, Public Affairs, Government

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