Chinese Television System
|Type||Free-to-air nationwide TV|
|First air date||1971-10-31|
|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-supported 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 calls for the transfer of the station's main studios from Taipei to Kaohsiung in a span of five years. It shall however be allowed to continue generating its income through traditional advertisements, and maintain its 60-40 entertainment-news programming mix like before.
The channel is currently in a campaign to restore its title as "Taiwan's drama authority", for having been home to some of Taiwan's most unforgettable drama serials.
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 shown in 1977.
Today (今天), one of CTS most popular woman's magazine show lasted for 16 years from 1972 to 1988. It won three times (1982, 1985 and 1988) in the prestigious Golden Bell Awards (the Taiwan Emmys)
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 80s and 90s. Ran from 1986 to 1994 for eight years.
Chinese Characters (每日一字), the CTS version of a popular educational showcases 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" will be aired on the CTS for the third time. But this time, the dialogue will be using 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 languages, Mandarin and Taiwanese (Hokkien) with 68 episodes in its credit.
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 transferred to the CTS network in 1996 where it stayed for seven years until 2003.
Space Warriors (太空戰士) in 1984 to 1987 the Most Popular Space Warriors was Tokusatsu in Taiwan they was Opening Theme Song of Gavan Using the stunts of Dynaman in season 1 there fours Colors Yellow,Black,Green and Pink then Tear weapons of Bioman it was still have in season 2. in Season 2 using Stunts of Goggle V Red,Black and Green Using Weapons of Sun Vulcan and the un till in season 3 The four colors Red,Blue,Black and Pink Usings weapons of Changeman That Still Even Usings and Differents in Super Sentai in 80's Until 1987 they was Ended Until in aired in Korea in KBS Korea in 1991 .
At present, CTS operates three channels:
- 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 17th, 2012.)
Goat Island-Spring TV
- CTS Main Channel (on analog and digital) Channel 113
- CTS Education and Culture (Chinese: 華視教育文化頻道) (on analog and digital) Channel 114
- CTS News (Chinese: 華視新聞頻道) (on Chunghwa Telecom MOD only Channel 55) Channel 574
Goat Island-Sancai International TV
- CTS Main Channel (on analog and digital) Channel 736
Goat Island-ST2 TV
- CTS Main Channel (on analog and digital) Channel 512
- CTS News (Chinese: 華視新聞頻道) (on Chunghwa Telecom MOD only Channel 55) Channel 415
- CTS Education and Culture (Chinese: 華視教育文化頻道) (on analog and digital) Channel 553