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”.


Naw Kham executed over murder of Chinese sailors; TV broadcast blasted

Drug lord Naw Kham is marched to his execution by police yesterday - he and three accomplices were killed by lethal injection. Photo: AP

Four men were executed by lethal injection on the mainland yesterday for the murder of 13 Chinese sailors, with their final moments as they headed to the death chamber broadcast live on state television.

Saturday, 2 March, 2013, 4:53am 12 comments

CCTV 'to broadcast live execution of Mekong River massacre drug smugglers'

Screen capture of a February 28 CCTV story on the planned live broadcast.

UPDATED at 2.50pm: The four have been shown on live TV being transported to their place of execution.

1 Mar 2013 - 2:54pm 5 comments

Pollution in China affects more than 50pc of underground water

Rubbish clogs up a polluted canal on the edge of Beijing. Photo: AFP

China Central Television reported that 55 per cent of the underground water of Chinese cities is rated level four or five on Thursday, quoting a study by the Ministry of Land and Resources.

22 Feb 2013 - 7:50pm

If I scream and you scream, you might get chocolate ice cream

Antony Jenkins

Readers may recall our recent piece on Singapore Airlines and strawberry ice cream. This was about a woman on a Singapore Airlines flight who when offered strawberry ice cream asked if she could have either chocolate or vanilla, since she wasn't keen on the strawberry option.

21 Feb 2013 - 6:07am 1 comment

Former CCTV presenter charged with hoarding 'extreme porn'

A screenshot of Sen Luo, also known as Edward Law, during a BizChina segment on CCTV. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Sen Luo, 40, was charged with two counts of possessing extreme pornography after police found 800 videos on his laptop and hard-drives.

19 Feb 2013 - 9:49am

Asia greets Year of Snake with raucous celebrations

Folk artists perform Haicheng stilt dancing in Qingdao, Shandong province. Photo: EPA

A billion-plus Asians ushered in the Year of the Snake on Sunday with a cacophony of fireworks, after a Chinese televised gala featuring megastars including Celine Dion kicked off a week of festivities.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

CCTV's Spring Festival Gala show challenged by provincial broadcasters

A performance from CCTV's 2010 Spring Festival Gala, which is traditional television fare for mainlanders every year. Photo: China Foto Press

When China Central Television (CCTV) announced late last month that Canadian singer Celine Dion would perform for the 2013 Spring Festival Gala, the news wasn't met with the kind of buzz that organisers expected.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:36am

Briefs, January 14, 2013

Officials on a Taiwanese-controlled island group said yesterday they were considering importing water from the mainland. The fortified Quemoy island group was a flashpoint during the cold war, when it was shelled from the mainland. Officials discussed a proposal to transport water by ship from Xiamen , a coastal city in Fujian province just a few kilometres from Quemoy.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:10am

CCTV reporters beaten while investigating illegal sewage treatment in Hunan

Zhao and a staff member from ACEF tried to call the emergency hotline for 10 minutes. Picture: SCMP Photos/ Beijing News

Zhao Xi, a CCTV reporter, was attacked and received head injuries covering a story on illegal sewage treatment at a paper mill in Hunan on Wednesday night, the Beijing News reported

11 Jan 2013 - 12:53pm

CCTV report claims that sharks are in restaurant kitchens, not in the soup

CCTV reveals restaurants using fake shark fins that may be toxic.

There's something fishy about the shark-fin soup found at various restaurants in Beijing, Zhengzhou and Nanjing, and not in a good way. It might not actually contain shark and could be toxic, according to an exposé by a state broadcaster yesterday.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

Video: Chinese courier workers found manhandling merchandise

Investigative reporting from China Central Television recently exposed “hidden secrets” in the country’s undeveloped courier service industry.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:33pm

Cop cars with cameras: a new kind of drive-by shooting

Plans to introduce police vans equipped with five cameras filming inside and outside the vehicle have raised concerns about privacy.

19 Dec 2012 - 3:20am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, December 4, 2012

MTR needs to have more CCTV cameras. Photo: Sam Tsang

A full-page advert from the manufacturers of formula milk states we should "Help Mothers Make the Right Choice" (November 23) by allowing formula companies to continue promoting their products in Hong Kong.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:10am 2 comments

CCTV sex education programme sparks controversy

The CCTV show stirred debate

A controversial state television programme promoting sexual education for children as young as kindergarten age has spurred a heated debate about how far mainlanders should go to shed their shyness about sex.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:58am 3 comments

China state broadcaster sees record ad auction

Residents walk past the iconic CCTV building in Beijing. Photo: AP

China’s main state broadcaster has raised a record 15.88 billion yuan (US$2.5 billion) from selling prime-time advertising spots for next year, state media said on Monday.

Revenue from the closely-watched auction by China Central Television (CCTV) grew more than 11 per cent from a similar auction for this year, the Global Times newspaper reported.

19 Nov 2012 - 6:36pm