Chinese Television System
|Type||Free-to-air nationwide TV|
First air date
|Owner||Taiwan Broadcasting System|
Founded on October 31, 1971, CTS started off as a joint venture between the ROC's Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Education. At the time of its establishment, CTS was the only VHF television channel on the island of Taiwan. In 1998, the channel was commissioned by the ROC to provide an "Electronic Government" program, which would act as an informational source for government workers.
On July 1, 2006, by virtue of the government's media reform law, the channel was incorporated into the Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS), the island state's consortium of public television stations, with Public Television Service (PTS) as the other member of the group. The absorption called for the transfer of the station's main studios from Taipei to Kaohsiung in the span of five years. It shall, however, be allowed to continue generating its income through traditional advertisements, and to maintain its 60-40 entertainment-news programming mix.
The channel is currently on a campaign to restore its title as "Taiwan's drama authority." It once held this title for broadcasting some of Taiwan's most unforgettable serial dramas.
Notable programs aired by CTS
Birth of Heart (風雨生信心) was the first TV drama aired simultaneously over TTV, CTV, and CTS, aired in 1977.
Today (今天), one of CTS most popular women's magazine shows, aired from 1972 to 1988. It won the prestigious Golden Bell Awards (the Taiwan Emmys) three times, in 1982, 1985, and 1988.
The Variety 100 (綜藝100), hosted by veteran Chang Hsiao-yen (Zhang Xiaoyan). One of the earliest primetime variety shows of the CTS network that ran from 1979 to 1984.
Twin Bang (連環泡), a popular daily CTS show during the 1980s and 90s. It ran from 1986 to 1994.
Chinese Characters (每日一字), the CTS version of a popular educational program, showcased the Chinese writing characters in traditional form. Aired from 1981 to 1998. It was also the similar version on the TVB network in Hong Kong.
Justice Pao (包青天), one of the most popular Chinese TV series of all time. The first version aired in 1974 with 350 episodes and the second version in 1993 with 236 episodes and became the most popular Asian drama ever in history. Shown in 80 countries in more than 40 languages (including Tagalog on ABC-5 now known as TV5). The longest TV series ever produced by the CTS network. In February 2009, a new "Judge Bao" was aired on the CTS for the third time. But this time, the dialogue used in this new version is reportedly in the Taiwanese (Hokkien) dialect instead of Mandarin or it will be resulted into a "bilingual" telecast.
Love (愛), the first Chinese series shown in both Mandarin and Taiwanese (Hokkien), aired 68 episodes.
Doraemon (哆啦A夢), the Japanese anime series, from the TV Asahi network, shown in the Mandarin-dubbed version on CTS. It's still aired today although with reruns as shown on CTS.
The Four Brothers of Peking (京城四少), the 53-part TV drama from the CTS network set in latter part of the Qing Dynasty.
Super Sunday (超級星期天), the most popular Sunday night variety show program ever. First originally hosted by Chang Hsiao-yen (Zhang Xiaoyan), and Harlem Yu Cheng-ching (Yu Chengengqing). Originally shown on the TTV network from 1994 to 1996 before it was transferred to the CTS network in 1996, where it stayed for seven years.
Space Warriors (太空戰士) in 1984 to 1987 the Most Popular Space Warriors was Tokusatsu in Taiwan. The program used the opening theme song of Gavan and used the stunts of Dynaman. In the first season, the four Colors, Yellow, Black, Green, and Pink, used the Tear weapons of Bioman. They continued to use these weapons in the second season. In season two, using the stunts of Goggle V, Red, Black, and Green used the Weapons of Sun Vulcan. In season three, the four Colors, Red, Blue, Black, and Pink, used Weapons of Changeman.The program ran in the 1980s, ending in 1987. It was later aired in Korea, on KBS Korea, during 1991.
- CTS Main Channel (on analog and digital)
- CTS Education and Culture (Chinese: 華視教育文化頻道) (on analog and digital)
- CTS Recreation (Chinese: 華視休閒頻道) (on analog and digital)
- CTS News (Chinese: 華視新聞頻道) (on Chunghwa Telecom MOD only Channel 55)
- CTS HD the high-definition version channel available in terrestrial television, which is simulcast with CTS Main Channel. Launched on July 17, 2012.
- WCETV Online Streaming Platform