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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”.


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.

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012, 3:20am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, December 4, 2012

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

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

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

Book review: Two Billion Eyes - the Story of China Central Television

In the most populous country on the planet, a nation where information is heavily controlled, there is perhaps nothing more powerful (or scary) than a state-controlled television network with a near-monopoly on the airwaves and the spread of news and discourse.

3 Dec 2012 - 6:39pm

CCTV election coverage opens new front in media war

The headquarters of CCTV America in Washington sits just 10 blocks from the White House. By the time the identity of the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is known later this week, China will have opened a new front in what it sees as a war to wrest control of the global news agenda from Western-dominated media giants such as CNN and the BBC.

4 Nov 2012 - 3:07pm 3 comments

Years down the track, Anthony Wu's disciplinary hearing to start

At long last we see there is movement in the longest outstanding disciplinary case of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, featuring Hong Kong Hospital Authority chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk. The case has been outstanding since December 2009, but the institute will hold its first hearing into the case tomorrow.

1 Nov 2012 - 4:48am

Newspapers divided in their enthusiasm over Nobel for Mo Yan

When Mo Yan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday, China Central Television broke into its usually well choreographed main 7pm news bulletin to report the announcement.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:27am

CCTV news presenter takes on China's radical left

Widespread criticism of patriotic violence has given ideological extremists a small bump in popularity

28 Sep 2012 - 8:42am

CCTV exposé shows frustration of agencies at keeping firms in check

The televised dressing down of state oil giant Sinopec for repeated regulatory violations has helped throw back the curtain on the lopsided battle between the mainland's powerful state-run enterprises and its weak environmental watchdogs.

28 Sep 2012 - 4:15am