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  1. CCTV architect rejects 'sexual' design claims

    Posted Aug 28th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... whether China had paid millions for a massive embarrassment, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas yesterday dismissed the accusations and added that all he had tried to do with the CCTV project ... that put the CCTV complex in a pornographic context. Mr Koolhaas said he did not draw the graphics and they did not represent his design ideas. In an earlier statement, his firm, the Office ...

  2. Party organ gives CCTV sex angle new legs

    Posted Aug 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Wags in Beijing long ago dubbed the new CCTV Tower the 'trouser legs'. Now they, and others, have realised the name may not be far wrong. And many don't like ... published five years ago by Mr Koolhaas' studio, OMA, that likens the CCTV Tower and the 30-storey tower next to it to male and female genitalia. Persistent critics of the complex housing state ...

  3. CCTV joke dawns on Chinese

    Posted Aug 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... architectural studio, came out in 2004 and a couple of mainland netizens have been writing on the internet since 2005 claiming that Mr Koolhaas, the chief architect of the CCTV project, might have ... and the public in general. Public discontent with the CCTV headquarters was demonstrated by the elation expressed in various quarters after part of the complex was gutted by fire in February. Xiao Mo, ...

  4. CCTV to boost its global profile

    Posted Jul 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li China Central Television has announced sweeping reforms to boost its international profile and shake off its reputation as a gargantuan national mouthpiece. CCTV will open ... organisations, including CCTV and the Xinhua news agency, to improve the country's image. Analysts noted that authorities began to take stock of global perceptions of China in the wake of protests ...

  5. CCTV appoints boss to fill void after fire

    Posted Jun 09th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Festival. The blaze killed one fireman and gutted a 30-storey building on the north side of the CCTV complex, which had cost an estimated 20 billion yuan (HK$22.7 billion) to construct. Losses have been estimated at several hundred million yuan. An investigation found CCTV had hired staff from a pyrotechnics company to light several hundred large fireworks without clearance from the city ...

  6. CCTV presenter embroiled in allegations of spying for Taiwan

    Posted Jun 13th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li and Vivian Wu In show business circles, they say all publicity is good publicity, but a star presenter for CCTV who has found herself accused of spying for Taiwan may beg ... whatsoever,' she said. 'The article [Ayi] wrote came from nowhere. I will use the law to protect my legal rights.' She said CCTV bosses had assigned her to the military programme. She said ...

  7. Head of CCTV to step down after blaze

    Posted May 16th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... of the publicity department of the Communist Party's Central Committee, sources close to the matter said. A source at CCTV said the management would call an emergency meeting today to announce Mr ... While many expressed dismay at the death of the firefighter, few had any sympathy with CCTV and its management. The fire was made the butt of online jokes, with millions of bloggers and netizens ...

  8. Team to investigate fire at CCTV building

    Posted Apr 09th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... of an unauthorised CCTV fireworks display and such grave accidents highlighted acute problems with rampant violations of work safety. 'If this problem cannot be solved, accidents of such magnitude cannot be prevented from happening,' Mr Huang said. Twelve people, including Xu Wei, a senior CCTV official in charge of the construction of the 5 billion yuan (HK$5.7 billion) project, were ...

  9. Firefighters blame CCTV for fatal blaze as broadcaster apologises

    Posted Feb 11th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li in Beijing China Central Television (CCTV) was responsible for the raging blaze at its controversial new site on Monday night, which left one fireman dead and seven people injured, Beijing firefighting authorities said. The new CCTV complex, which cost more than 5 billion yuan (HK$5.68 billion) and includes an avant-garde office building frequently described ...

  10. Senior CCTV official may face charges for fire

    Posted Feb 13th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... on Monday night. Four of the detainees were CCTV staff, and eight others worked for a Hunan fireworks-maker. In a statement yesterday, the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said Xu Wei, head of the CCTV office in charge of the 5 billion yuan (HK$5.68 billion) construction project, was detained on suspicion of crimes related to the mishandling of hazardous items. Quoting unidentified ...




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