Guangdong TV official jumps to his death

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 April, 2010, 12:00am

Another mainland official has jumped to his death, with heavy work stress to blame, according to the staff at Guangdong Television Station.

Xu Weiguang, a deputy director of the station's chief editor's office, jumped from the 18th floor of the station's main building on Monday afternoon.

A security guard said that according to video surveillance, Xu jumped at about 4.35pm.

'I was told by his colleagues that he had made a phone call to someone, saying 'I am leaving', then took the lift to the 18th floor and jumped,' he said.

He said Xu landed on his head on the third-floor platform.

More than half a dozen reporters, editors and programme hosts at the station confirmed Xu's death. But most of them declined to comment.

'The station has told us not to say anything about Xu's death,' a prominent host, who asked not to be named, said.

A department head said the station would hold a meeting with all senior staff this morning to release the details of Xu's death.

A female host said there was speculation that Xu had been unhappy with his job and depressed. 'There are no rumours that he was involved in corruption or a sex scandal,' she said.

The security guard heard that the station had not paid Xu performance increments for a couple of months. 'People have too much pressure nowadays,' he said.

The chief editor's office declined to comment yesterday.

A study by the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Centre more than two years ago found that China had one of the highest suicide rates in the world. It said stress and depression caused 70 to 80 per cent of suicides in urban areas, with many of those affected jumping off buildings.