China Central Television is the predominant state television broadcaster in China. Founded in 1958, it serves as one of the chief propaganda arms of the Communist government. In recent years, CCTV’s English-language international news coverage has undergone large-scale expansion partly as a response to Chinese President Hu Jintao’s 2007 call for further development of “soft power”.


Alibaba, Tencent spark battle for virtual red envelopes during ‘China’s Super Bowl’

A scene from CCTV's annual New Year Gala, in this file photo. The glitzy, festive live broadcast this year featured a gam0e where viewers could use their smartphones to grab virtual red money envelopes. Photo: China Foto Press

Many Chinese were all busy with just one thing on Lunar New Year’s eve: trying to grab as many virtual “red envelopes” online as they could, which totalled an estimated billions of yuan.

Tuesday, 21 April, 2015, 9:37am 1 comment

Deputy chief of CCTV's popular drama station placed under investigation

Huang Haitao is one of about 20 officials and staff from the network who have been taken away for investigation in recent months.

A leading director at CCTV was taken away for investigation on Thursday, becoming the latest figure at the state broadcaster to be caught up in an anti-corruption drive.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:57pm

Pegasus consulting, subsidiary of Edelman, 'cooperating' with CCTV graft probe

CTTV anchor Rui Chenggang was detained earlier this month.

The graft inquiry at China Central Television has expanded to a Beijing company co-owned by US public relations giant Edelman and one of its co-founders is cooperating with the investigation, the subsidiary has said.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:28pm

Detention of CCTV 'superstar' anchor Rui Chenggang polarises opinion across China’s social media

CCTV anchor Rui Chenggang. Photo: AFP

The arrest of leading CCTV anchor Rui Chenggang was perhaps the single most discussed individual across China’s social media networks over the weekend.

15 Jul 2014 - 9:40am 2 comments

CCTV host Rui Chenggang may have had stake in PR firm linked to channel’s shows

CCTV director and anchor Rui Chenggang moderates a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photo: AP

A mainland news portal accused a leading anchor with China Central Television (CCTV) of possible internal trade using his own company, which is connected with the television station.

18 Dec 2014 - 4:32pm 2 comments

Investing between the lines in China

Bank of China has been accused of violating rules. Photo: AFP

Except for lawbreakers, most investors around the world analyse the same information when they make asset allocation calls.

15 Jul 2014 - 1:24am 1 comment

Leading CCTV broadcaster Rui Chenggang taken from studio and detained in graft probe

CCTV presenter Rui Chenggang was taken into custody by prosecutors on Friday afternoon. Photo: Screenshot

A leading anchor with China Central Television was taken away for investigation on Friday, mainland media reported. Rui Chenggang's sudden departure left an empty seat beside his co-host.

17 Sep 2014 - 10:03pm

Top prosecutor alleges that CCTV official took bribes

Guo Zhenxi has been detained by prosecutors on suspicion of corruption. Photo: SCMP

A senior executive with state broadcaster CCTV, at one point in charge of billions of yuan in advertising revenue, has been detained by prosecutors on suspicion of corruption.

2 Jun 2014 - 5:53pm

CCTV report on Starbucks triggered storm of internal dissent

A CCTV investigative report on Starbucks pricing in China

A CCTV investigative report accusing Starbucks of overcharging mainland customers for coffee triggered enormous disquiet among journalists at the network and even some soul-searching after it aired.

14 Dec 2013 - 7:26am 15 comments

Dismissed CCTV producer Wang Qinglei slams censorship

China Central Television has come under fire over news censorship. Photo: Simon Song

A veteran television producer recently sacked by state-run CCTV has voiced rare and blunt criticism of the television station’s news censorship and rigid management.

3 Dec 2013 - 9:06am

Shots at foreign companies backfire on state network

A Starbucks sign beckons costumers in the popular Qianmen area in central Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

The latest outcry came after CCTV accused Starbucks of profiteering on the mainland by charging more for its coffee than it did in other countries. Many members of the public rallied to the company's defence, dismissing the report as lacking financial common sense.

31 Oct 2013 - 12:25pm 3 comments

Detained journalist, newspaper apologise publicly in shocking twist to New Express saga

Journalist Chen Yongzhou, in handcuffs, is escorted by police in Changsha. Photo: Reuters

Guangzhou-based New Express on Sunday issued an apology and condemned its detained reporter for writing false stories, after the newspaper ran unusual front-page appeals for his release two days in a row earlier this week, prompting an barrage of online discussions.

27 Oct 2013 - 1:11pm 5 comments

Reaction cool to CCTV criticism of Starbucks' prices

Reaction cool to CCTV criticism of Starbucks' prices

China Central Television has been rallying behind President Xi Jinping's "mass line" movement in recent weeks by turning its attention to issues likely to get a rise out of the average mainlander.

27 Oct 2013 - 4:59am

CCTV series tells the story of Xi Zhongxun

Xi Zhongxun series 10 years in the making. Photo: SCMP

Relatives of President Xi Jinping have recalled their memories of the family patriarch, the revolutionary hero Xi Zhongxun , in a documentary series airing on state television. The programme, which has been in the works for a decade, features interviews with more than 300 people and video and audio recordings by the senior Xi.

16 Oct 2013 - 12:51pm

CCTV provides more laughs than insights into meaning of patriotism

A vox pop on patriotism by the national broadcaster last week solicited some surprisingly witty responses. Photo: SCMP

CCTV's vox pop last week on what it meant to be patriotic received hilarious responses - just like the last one it did, on happiness, a year ago. During the National Day holiday, CCTV reporters asked some 2,000 people from all walks of life about their ideas on patriotism.

14 Oct 2013 - 3:43pm 1 comment