China Central Television

State broadcaster CCTV slams anti-Japanese war dramas

Anti-Japanese war films and TV dramas have been on the rise in China, but they are criticised for being unrealistic and ridiculous. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Anti-Japanese films and TV dramas have been on the rise in China, in part due to the territorial row over the Diaoyu Islands, but also because the genre itself has always been popular.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 6:28pm

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

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

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

Some praise, while others deride CCTV's series on nation's happiness

A screen grab of a special program of China's Central Television (CCTV), asking people "Are you happy?". Photo: Handout

China Central Television (CCTV) has come in for both ridicule and praise after broadcasting a series of surveys about China's "gross national happiness" last week.

20 Dec 2012 - 6:12pm

Xiaobaihua Troupe of Hangzhou Yue Opera Theatre

The Yue (aka Shaoxin) opera troupe performs: Interrogating the Husband (left), Jul 16; The Jade Dragonfly, Jul 17; and opera excerpts Sweet Memories at the 18 Spots During the Long Farewell (from The Butterfly Lovers), Burying the Petals and Mourning Daiyu (from The Dream of the Red Chamber), and The Neglected Bride Watching Over Her Husband in Sleep and The Top Scholar's Apology to His Wife (f

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Russian cellist fired for rant on train

A Russian cellist caught on camera insulting and swearing at a Chinese woman on a train has been sacked by the Beijing Symphony Orchestra for 'damaging its reputation'.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Burger scams and bank leaks exposed by CCTV

Mainland branches of well-known global brands have been exposed by a local television station for selling shoddy products like expired food, and using tactics to deceive buyers.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ad slot sales push SinoMedia net profits 51pc higher

Shares of SinoMedia rose almost 20 per cent yesterday, after the company reported a 51 per cent increase in net profit last year and proposed a special dividend of 10.6 HK cents.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Regulator backs reports on Da Vinci furniture

Two investigative reports shown on China Central Television about the alleged low quality of furniture retailer Da Vinci's products were 'basically factual', the central government said, though the reporter on the stories was not a licensed journalist.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Buffett joins cast of foreigners for gala shows

American investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett made an appearance in the online version of the China Central Television (CCTV) Spring Festival Gala on Sunday. That followed performances by American singer Michael Bolton, Israeli psychic Uri Geller and Canadian singer Avril Lavigne in New Year's Eve concerts.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Nation takes its seat for a feast of TV tradition

Hundreds of millions of mainlanders will watch the annual Lunar New Year's Eve gala on China Central Television (CCTV) tonight.

Intense media speculation about who will make it to the final line-up of performers has again gripped the public in the lead-up to the extravaganza, known as Chunwan.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Da vinci says cctv reports were biased

The saga of luxury furniture retailer Da Vinci has taken a new twist, with the chain accusing state broadcaster China Central Television of biased reporting.

The company says it transferred one million yuan (HK$1.23 million) into a Hong Kong bank account as a bribe allegedly demanded by a CCTV reporter to 'settle' the bad publicity, Caixin Century magazine reported.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Nation's first 3-D TV channel goes live

China's first 3-D television channel started broadcasting yesterday, despite the vast majority of mainland television sets being unable to display 3-D images.

Cai Fuchao, director of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, said the nationwide launch marked an important step forward in the development of China's broadcasting industry.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Here is the news: students' CCTV spoof is web hit

A group of students in Shandong province have become an online hit with a homemade video lampooning the propaganda style of the state broadcasters' flagship news programmes.

Clips of Dormitory News Broadcast have clocked up more than 8 million hits on video sharing sites in just over a month.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

CCTV airs flag-burning footage in blunder

China Central Television (CCTV) blundered yesterday when its news channel ran footage of the burning of a North Korean flag and a portrait of Kim Jong-il during a report about the North Korean leader's death.

The footage was widely circulated online despite its swift removal from the channel's website.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am