CGTN America

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CGTN America
CGTN-America Logo.png
LaunchedFebruary 6, 2012
NetworkChina Global Television Network
Owned byChina Central Television
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
WebsiteOfficial Website
MHz NetworksCheck Local Listings
DirecTVChannel 2119
Dish NetworkChannel 279
Available on some cable systemsCheck Local Listings
AT&T U-verseChannel 3602
Streaming media
CGTN AmericaLive Stream

CGTN America is the American version of CGTN. CGTN is the collection of international language news channels run by China Media Group. It is based in Washington, D.C. and manages bureaus across North and South America. The service employs a mix of American, international and Chinese journalists and produces Americas-based programming with a focus on Asia for CGTN.[1] It maintains a separate schedule of programs each day from noon to 7 p.m. MST (7 p.m. to 2 a.m. GMT), and like its African counterpart, it simulcasts CGTN International at all other times. CGTN America is led by director general Ma Jing with veteran Asia journalist Jim Laurie as executive consultant.[2] It began broadcasting on February 6, 2012, replacing the former English language CCTV 9 in the region.[3]

CGTN America has registered as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agent Registration Act on February 1, 2019.[4]

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News and Documentary Emmy® Awards[6]

Year Program Category
2016 Jen Bricker: When “Can’t” is a Four-Letter Word Outstanding Feature in a News Magazine

2016 New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards[7]

Medal Program Category Sub-category
Gold Jen Bricker: When Can't is a Four-Letter Word Television - News: Reports/Features Human Interest
Silver On Thin Ice: People of the North Television - Craft: Program Best Camerawork
Silver Reinventing Cuba Television - Documentary/Information Program Human Concerns
Silver Jen Bricker: When Can't is a Four-Letter Word Television - News: Reports/Features Heroes
Bronze Reinventing Cuba Television - Documentary/Information Program Heroes
Bronze No Strings Attached: Puppets Supporting Children Throughout the World Television - Documentary/Information Program The Arts

2015 New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards[8]

Medal Program/Talent Category
Gold Haiti steps up health care measures to fight disease Best Coverage of a Continuing News Story
Bronze Anand Naidoo Best News Anchor
Bronze Afghanistan Re-born? Best Coverage of a Continuing News Story


  • The World Today - Live news reporting from around the world with special emphasis on the Americas. Airs weekdays at 2, 3, 5, 6:30 and 8PM and weekends at 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7PM ET.
  • Global Business – Global news and analysis, is aimed at combining reporting of economic and financial issues in North and South America with those from China and the Asian region. Anchored by Rachelle Akuffo from CGTN's studios in Washington, D.C. Airs Monday-Friday 4:00 PM to 4:30pm and 7-8PM US Eastern time.
  • The Heat – Daily news and current affairs show that features often heated discussions on global affairs. Airs weekdays at 6PM US Eastern time.
  • Americas Now – CGTN's premiere news magazine broadcast, features original reporting throughout the Americas. The program was developed and It was launched by Senior Producer Barbara Dury.
  • Full Frame - A weekly talk magazine that explores current events, culture and social issues from a global perspective.


CGTN America has registered as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agent Registration Act on February 1, 2019, amid growing concerns from the United States Department of Justice an "expanding influence campaign being waged by Beijing through the global arms of state media outlets".[9] The Guardian's Louisa Lim and Julia Bergin wrote that while the China "Communist Party has always maintained a tight grip over domestic media, their strategy has shifted in recent years to spread that control globally", by "exerting their influence on media abroad, through a multifaceted approach that includes offering generous salary packages to recruit talented journalists away from local media in Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere; buying advertising supplements in mainstream foreign publications; buying foreign media companies outright; and making deals with local broadcasters in Africa and elsewhere to spread their content in local markets". During President Xi Jinping's tour of state media outlets in February 2016, he emphasized that they must “speak for the Party,” and, further, that they must expand their influence abroad in order to “tell China’s story to the world.”[10] After registering with the FARA, CGTN America director general Ma Jing and a dozen other staffers were recalled to Beijing.[11]

CGTN initially claimed that it had “editorial independence from any state direction or control”. This was debunked by New York Times reporter Paul Mozur in interviews with "current and former CGTN employees [who] say CCTV editors in Beijing often dictated plans for covering China. American employees sometimes pushed back, they said, and Ms. Ma allowed some flexibility when Beijing’s orders didn’t specifically forbid or dictate content. But three people interviewed said they had little choice but to air propaganda clips when Beijing said so".[12][13] CGTN employees were disciplined when a news report mentioned Falun Gong, the religious group labeled as a cult and banned by the PRC. The flag of Taiwan, the self-governing island that is claimed by PRC, are banned from broadcasts. In November 2018, amid growing international criticism of China’s imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs in indoctrination camp programs designed to discourage Islam, CGNT America aired a piece portraying the camps as successful vocational training and antiterrorism centers and Uighurs as grateful. In addition, CGTN America has broadcast "exclusive" coerced confessions of people accused of a wide variety of crimes in China, most notably the example of a Briton, Peter Humphrey.[14]


  1. ^ "CCTV America Initiates New Programming From Washington, D.C." (Press release). CCTV. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-02-08.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Chinese state TV starts American service this week". Associated Press. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  3. ^ Wang, Xi (2012-02-06). "About CCTV America". CNTV. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  4. ^ "A Leaked Memo Says Chinese State TV Registered As A Foreign Agent "In The Spirit Of Cooperation"". Buzzfeednews. February 5, 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  5. ^ Hernández, Javier C. (2016-02-05). "Ties to Chinese State Media Raise Questions in U.S. Election Campaign". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  6. ^ "37th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  7. ^ "New York Festivals - World's Best TV & Films 2016". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. ^ "New York Festivals - World Best TV & Films 2015".
  9. ^ "A Leaked Memo Says Chinese State TV Registered As A Foreign Agent "In The Spirit Of Cooperation"". Buzzfeednews. February 5, 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
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