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  1. Insulation behind CCTV fire: court

    Posted Nov 20th 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... substandard insulating materials. Three employees of a Guangdong contractor have been sentenced to two to four years in jail for their roles in the CCTV fire in February 2009. The contractor for the CCTV building was found to have used substandard heat-proofing materials, according to the verdict delivered by the Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court on Thursday. The court said ...

  2. 20 jailed for role in fire at CCTV building

    Posted May 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... investigation. About 30 people were investigated initially, but only 21 were charged. Xu Wei, a CCTV department head in charge of the new headquarters, was sentenced to seven years in prison, ... others said more people should have been punished- including higher-ranking CCTV officials or even Beijing officials. Apart from Xu, the defendants were six other CCTV officials, contractors, ...

  3. Trial opens over deadly blaze at new CCTV complex

    Posted Mar 24th 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li A China Central Television department head and 20 other defendants have gone on trial in a Beijing court in connection with a fire at CCTV's new headquarters more than a year ago, started by fireworks, that killed a firefighter. Xu Wei, who was in charge of the new headquarters, six other CCTV officials and several business associates entered the Beijing No2 ...

  4. 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). ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 'Erotic' CCTV row touches deeper mainland malaise

    Posted Aug 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by controversy since construction began five years ago. It did not help matters that a Lunar New Year fireworks celebration by CCTV staff members this year started a fire that destroyed a new luxury hotel block that is part of the complex. Now, for inexplicable reasons, architectural experts and netizens are again debating what the overhanging CCTV complex really symbolises. Even columnists ...

  10. 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, ...




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