CCTV News

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For the television channels currenly known as CCTV-9 and CCTV-9 Documentary, see CCTV-9.
For other uses, see CCTV News (disambiguation).
CCTV News
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Launched 16 September 1956 (as Nine Network)
15 September 2000 (as CCTV-9)
Network China Central Television
Owned by China Central Television
Slogan "Welcome Home" (as Nine Network)
China's First English News Channel (as CCTV News)
Country China
Language Chinese
English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters CCTV Beijing Television Centre Headquarters, Beijing Central Business District, Beijing, China
Formerly called CCTV-9
Website CCTV-NEWS
Availability
Terrestrial
Los Angeles, US 31.9
San Francisco, US 36.3
Houston, US 55.6
Chicago, US 61.2
Santa Barbara, US 32.2
Satellite
Astro Malaysia Channel 509
Indovision Indonesia Channel 352
Sky UK & Ireland Channel 510
DirecTV United States Channel 2119
Dish Network United States Channel 279
Astra 1KR Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia 11651 h SR 27500
SKY Network Television
New Zealand
Channel 310
SKY Italia Italy Channel 530
DStv South Africa Channel 409
Yes (Israel) Israel Channel 111
Galaxy 3C North America 11780 h SR 20.760
Austar Australia Channel 653
Dialog TV Sri Lanka Channel 7
Canal Digital Norway & Sweden Free-to-Air
VIS3 Sri Lanka UHF Channel 29 Free-to-Air
Freesat UK Channel 211
Cignal Digital TV Philippines Channel TBA
OSN (Middle East
& North Africa)
Channel 419
Cable
StarHub TV Singapore Channel 722
SkyCable Philippines Channel 91 (Digital)
Destiny Cable Philippines Channel 90 (Analog)
Channel 91 (Digital)
Cablelink Philippines Channel 215
TelstraClear
New Zealand
Channel 310
UPC Romania
Romania
Channel 711 (digital with DVR)
Channel 196 (digital)
Hot (Israel) Channel 141
First Media
(Indonesia)
Channel 210
CATV China Channel 9
UPC Netherlands Channel 410
Available on some US cable systems Check Local Listings for channels
IPTV
Bell Fibe TV Canada Channel 657 (SD)
Hypp.TV Malaysia Channel 3001
Mio TV Singapore Channel 155
AT&T U-verse United States Channel 3602
SK Telecom B TV South Korea Channel 660
KT QOOK TV South Korea Channel 354
LG U+ South Korea Channel 85
Streaming media
CCTV.com MMS/P2P
CNTV CCTV-NEWS
WCETV.com Online

CCTV News, formerly known as CCTV-9 or CCTV International or Nine Network or Channel Nine or even Nine is a 24-hour English news channel, of China Central Television (CCTV), based in Beijing. The channel grew out of CCTV International, which was launched on 15 September 2000. CCTV News coverage includes newscasts, in-depth reports, and commentary programs, as well as feature presentations. Its Free-to-air satellite signal can be received by more than 85 million viewers, in over 100 countries and regions.[1] It is also carried by Cable, DTH, IPTV, and Terrestrial TV platforms or systems in many nations. It caters to a global English-speaking audience, including overseas Chinese and English speakers in China.

History[edit]

CCTV began considering English-language international news programming on 1 January 1979, at the start of China's "Reform and opening up" period. English news bulletins began on CCTV-2 in 1984 and became available to overseas viewers when they moved to CCTV-4 in February 1991, and CCTV-13 in August 1991. CCTV-9 began broadcasting across China on 15 September 2000, becoming the country's first all-English television station.

On 1 January 2002, CCTV-9 entered the United States cable market, as part of a deal that allowed AOL, Time Warner, and News Corporation access to cable systems in Guangdong. In its early years, CCTV-9 broadcast English language news bulletins and cultural interest shows for most of each day, and aired mostly reruns during the overnight hours in China. One of its biggest projects was covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Until April 2010, CCTV-9 was a mixed general interest channel featuring news, travel programming, and language training. But on the 26th of that month, CCTV-9 was relaunched as a 24-hour English-language news service, and its name was changed to "CCTV News."[2] The first major projects the new-look station undertook included covering the aftermath of the Yushu County Earthquake and the opening of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

After its transformation into a 24-hour service, the broadcast schedule was revamped a number of times, as management searched for the right balance of programming to fit the station's interests. The target audience of CCTV News is foreigners both inside and outside China, specifically those with an interest in the country. CCTV News claims its potential global audience is 85 million.[3] However, reported totals of actual viewers vary from different sources.

Revamp[edit]

The channel name of CCTV-9 was changed to CCTV News at 7 pm (Beijing Time) on 26 April 2010.[4] Some shows were rebranded while other new programs were added. The English website is managed by China Network Television (CNTV), a web streaming service of CCTV. On 1 January 2011, the channel's former name CCTV-9 was taken over by CCTV's two documentary channels.

With new faces, new studios, and new equipment, the channel's upper managers said they hoped to strengthen the network's news gathering abilities, while aiming to present more perspectives from throughout China, and across Asia, to the rest of the world.[5] The next steps in this process included hiring additional foreign correspondents and setting up a number of international bureaus.

On 6 February 2012, the channel launched “CCTV America” and a schedule of daily programming originating from a production center in Washington, D.C.[6] On 11 October 2012, CCTV News launched its Africa operation in Nairobi, Kenya.[7] CCTV News currently has three broadcast centers—Beijing (main), Nairobi, and Washington—with 70 additional bureaus across the globe.

The revamp also saw the permanent addition of news and world financial markets tickers, similar to those seen on leading news channels, although these features had already been used intermittently in the previous decade. In Hong Kong and Macau, the channel is available on Cable TV Hong Kong Channel 72, TVB Network Vision Channel 84, Macau Cable TV Channel 85, and HKBN BBTV Channel 736.

Programming[edit]

CCTV News usually airs a live news bulletin in the first half of each hour. As well as a generic news program, there are specialist bulletins focusing on Chinese and Asian news, such as China 24 and business news BIZ ASIA. Programming in the second half of each hour includes, sports bulletins, a travel show called Travelogue which takes viewers to destinations around China and the world, and magazines covering the arts, science and sports.

The programs on CCTV News include News Update and News Hour, providing comprehensive global coverage; and China 24 and Asia Today, delivering the latest domestic and regional developments. Specialized programs include Biz Asia, Biz Talk, New Money, Culture Express and Sports Scene, providing news and information on business, finance, economics, culture, and sports. Shows such as Dialogue and World Insight extend balanced and critical perspectives on current affairs affecting all corners of the globe.

CCTV News also provides programs on culture, history, and modern society of China and Asia. In Crossover, hosts and guests of various backgrounds and experiences talk about issues throughout China. Travelogue is the ticket to dynamic and exciting landscapes in China and abroad. Rediscovering China explores contemporary Chinese and Asian culture and social changes through the eyes of international visitors. And Story Board delivers a visual profile of all Asian countries.

Programs

Staff[edit]

The Chinese staff at CCTV News range in experience from interns to media professionals with years in the business. Executive producers, producers and senior news anchors typically have higher education, often from a university abroad. As of 2007, the channel has about 300 staff, of whom 70 are full-time staff and about 30 are foreigners on contract. From 2011, it started to hire English-speaking reporters based in 30 provincial bureaus across China.

In May 2005, CCTV News Controller Jiang Heping was promoted to head CCTV-5, CCTV's sports channel, ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Following his departure, due to internal divisions, a new controller had not been appointed by late 2007.

Foreign news anchors[edit]

In addition to Chinese anchors, CCTV News relies on foreigners as news presenters, some of whom have extensive experience, such as Edwin Maher (a former newsreader and weatherman from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), while others may be recent university graduates just embarking upon their careers.

Jiang Heping defended the policy of putting foreigners on air, arguing that “we feel international on-air personalities boost the credibility of CCTV News and befit its image as an international channel. In this regard, CCTV News will not restrict the origin of its employees and choose to build its unique identity through its programming.”[8]

The first foreign news anchor on what was then known as CCTV-9 was Chris Gelken, who joined the channel from Hong Kong's TVB and presented the 30-minute business show, BizChina. Gelken left CCTV News in 2005, and returned to TVB from 2010 to 2013.

Another prominent personality in CCTV-9's first decade was Mark Rowswell, otherwise known as Dashan. He hosted Travel in Chinese on CCTV News and has been honored for his work in promoting cancer awareness in China.[9]

Besides those individuals, the channel later recruited Philip Yin of Bloomberg Television, and Mike Walter from USA Today, to helm Biz Asia America and The Heat, respectively, when the Washington bureau opened in 2012.

The weather on CCTV News is hosted by a rotating cast of presenters, so the staff changes on a frequent basis, partially because these updates are produced by an outside company which supplies content for several English-language media outlets around China.

CCTV Africa[edit]

CCTV Africa is China Central Television´s news productions center which was launched in Kenya on 11 January 2012. CCTV Africa focuses on African news and perspectives as well as international news.

CCTV Africa will be responsible for newsgathering and task assignments on the African continent. CCTV Africa initially produce a one-hour program every day, including Africa news, Talk Africa and Face of Africa editions, and broadcast through CCTV´s English news channel.

CCTV Africa will provide a platform for its Chinese audience to better understand Africa and promote the China-Africa friendship so that the real China can be introduced to Africa, and the real Africa can be presented to the world

CCTV America[edit]

CCTV America is the Americas division of CCTV News, the English-language news channel run by Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television. It is based in Washington, DC and runs bureaus across North and South America. The service employs a mix of American and Chinese journalists and produces Americas-based programming for CCTV News.

CCTV America is led by director general Ma Jing with veteran Asia journalist Jim Laurie as executive consultant. It began broadcasting on 6 February 2012.

Notable personalities[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • In 2010, CCTV-News won the National Window Prize at the 2010 Hot Bird TV awards for its greater diversity and wider perspectives in global information flow.[1]

Criticisms[edit]

Despite its revamp and recent launching of CCTV America, critics have voiced concerns over the level of self-censorship exercised by the channel especially on sensitive domestic issues in China. Philip Cunningham of Cornell University, who has appeared more than 100 times on China Central Television talk shows said sensitive issues such as Tibet and Xinjiang were heavily edited on various programs.[10]

Ma Jing, Director of CCTV America defends such allegation by saying that the channel edits stories the same way other news organizations do. She said: "We uphold the traditional journalistic values. We consider accuracy, objectivity, truthfulness, and public accountability very important, more important than anything else."[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About The Heat". Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  2. ^ "About CCTV News". Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  3. ^ "About CCTV News". Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  4. ^ CCTV News, Your Link to Asia CCTV Press Release, 26 April 2010
  5. ^ China's English news channel relaunches April 26 CCTV Press Release, 26 April 2010
  6. ^ About CCTV America CCTV America
  7. ^ About CCTV Africa CCTV Africa
  8. ^ Jiang Heping (2005). "Window on China and the World: CCTV News". In Sucharita S. Eashwar. Asia Media Summit 2005: Promoting Peace and Prosperity in a Globalised World (PDF). Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development. ISBN 983-41053-3-9. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  9. ^ Welter, Sophie. "China’s Most Famous Foreigner to Receive Prestigious — Mark Rowswell ("Dashan") to be Honoured for Raising Awareness of Cancer in China". Retrieved 2007-05-04. 
  10. ^ a b http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/jan-june12/cctv_03-23.html

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