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  1. 24 blamed for fire started at CCTV site

    Posted Jul 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of high-level personnel reshuffles within CCTV and further delays in the troubled project. In a quarterly press conference, Huang Yi, spokesman for the State Administration of Work Safety, said a joint ... investigation showed illegal firework shows organised by CCTV employees started the fire in the hotel. Construction experts estimated the damage could cost CCTV about 1 billion yuan (HK$1.14 billion). ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 3 more CCTV officials arrested over fire

    Posted May 29th 2009, 12:00am by Kelly Chan

    ... headquarters' management office; Gao Hong, chief engineer and deputy general manager of CCTV-Gauging; and Geng Xiaowei, vice-chairman of the development's technical office. CCTV-Gauging is a joint venture formed in 2003 by CCTV and building company Beijing Gauging Consultants to handle the complex project, a source told Caijing magazine. The source said the three were taken for questioning ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Mainlanders see inferno as just deserts for domineering CCTV

    Posted Feb 16th 2009, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... by an unauthorised fireworks display to celebrate the Lantern Festival, the last day of the holiday. But privately and in internet chat rooms, the fire has made CCTV, one of the Communist Party's most ... and management. CCTV and its avant-garde complex of headquarters symbolise the extravagant, arrogant, domineering and monopolist approach that characterises the powerful elite who appear to lord it over ...

  7. CCTV locks in lion's share of ad revenue

    Posted Nov 29th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the Olympic Games. CCTV's rosy numbers in the current climate contrast with media companies around the world as advertisers slash budgets. But the mainland scene is less bleak because of strong ... are giving CCTV a run for its advertising revenue. According to Nielsen Media Research, the mainland advertising market is estimated to grow 17.1 per cent to 278.2 billion yuan next year, compared ...

  8. Inquiry into CCTV blaze begins

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

    ... of the broadcaster's management facing dereliction-of-duty charges. The 30-storey building, part of CCTV's avant-garde complex, was extensively damaged on Monday night, despite more than 600 firefighters ... investigation or for what offences. Sources at CCTV said management called off a key meeting of department heads on Tuesday to deal with the crisis. The state broadcaster also offered a public apology ...

  9. Blaze guts hotel at CCTV's new 5b yuan complex

    Posted Feb 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to CCTV's landmark 234-metre-tall tower, hundreds of metres from the fire. The 51-storey tower was completed in December. 'I was watching fireworks from about 8 o'clock, and there were fireworks inside the CCTV compound,' said car-park attendant Luo Zhouyong. 'When the fireworks ended around 8.30, there was smoke coming from the top of the auxiliary building. ...

  10. It's a first as CCTV covers the Victoria Park candle-light vigil

    Posted Jun 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is an annual event in Hong Kong. This year, apart from paying respects to those who died in 1989, the gathering was also held to mourn victims of last month's earthquake. The CCTV website report ...




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