A director of Chinese Central Television (CCTV) is reportedly under investigation for alleged corruption, official media reported. The director of CCTV's literature and art department, Zhao An, was under investigation, the official Beijing Youth Daily quoted an official as saying. The investigation, which was first reported by the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po newspaper in Hong Kong on Thursday, was reported widely by the mainland's official media yesterday. Zhao was in charge of major entertainment events included the Chinese New Year Evening Show, the biggest showbiz gala on the mainland. Attention was drawn to Zhao's case by his absence from a National Day concert on September 30. Wen Wei Po said Zhao was detained in late September after a variety show in Macau. Investigators found 'a large sum of money and six vehicles' following a search of his home, the report claimed. But a CCTV staff member said yesterday Zhao was still at work. The staff member, however, refused to elaborate or react to the reports of the investigation. CCTV's disciplinary office, the procuratorates of Beijing and Haidan districts, which were all mentioned by mainland media as participants in the probe, refused to comment yesterday. The China Youth Daily yesterday ran an editorial claiming CCTV directors had 'too much power' and called for more checks and balances to prevent corruption. 'Because of the absolute power enjoyed by the director of the Chinese New Year Evening Show, he can almost decide the trend of showbiz in the country, and even the audience's taste,' said the paper. The paper was referring to previous reports saying many artists and entertainers fought hard to appear in the annual TV show. Some critics said many were willing to pay bribes for the privilege. Zhao has been the director of the TV show for seven years. During that period, he directed the annual extravanganza four times. Zhao joined CCTV in 1984 and won the Starlight Award six times, the Chinese equivalent of an Emmy award.