CGTN Documentary

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CGTN Documentary
CGTN Documentary logo.png
TypeState media
Broadcast areaWorldwide
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
OwnerChina Central Television
Launched1 January 2011
Former namesCCTV-9 (until 31 December 2016)
WebsiteCGTN Documentary
Digital terrestrial television
Channel 74
Digital terrestrial television
(United States)
Washington DC:
Channel 30.6 (MHz Networks)
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 654
SkyCable/Destiny Cable (Philippines)Channel 93
Unitymedia (Germany)Channel 266
Macau Cable Television (Macau)Channel 56
Cablelink (Philippines)Channel 83
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong)Channel 722 (HD)
ChinaSat 6B[2]4116H, SID 407 VPID 1760 APID 1720[1]
Eutelsat W7TP EA17, SID 1312 VPID 261 APID 263[3]
Astra 1MTP 22, SID 6912 VPID 612 APID 632[4]
Cignal (Philippines)Channel 166 (SD)
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 654
Channel 129
MNC Vision
Channel 205
Sky (New Zealand)Channel 309
Singtel TV (Singapore)Channel 211
IHR Telecom (Quebec)Channel 327
Streaming media
CNTV Ai BuguWatch online (restricted access outside China[5])

CGTN Documentary (formerly CCTV-9 until 31 December 2016) is a Chinese pay television channel operated by the China Global Television Network (CGTN) group, owned by Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). The channel broadcasts documentaries in the English language, and is China's first state-level English-language documentary channel to broadcast globally.

It used to share the "CCTV-9" name with its sister documentary channel in Mandarin Chinese. The channel has also been known to carry some Mandarin-language programmes with English subtitles; it broadcasts new programming between 7:00pm and 11:00pm Beijing time, and repeats archival programming at other times.[citation needed]


In Macau, the digital terrestrial television operator TDM relays the channel on channel 74.

In Hong Kong, the digital terrestrial television provider RTHK used to relay the channel as RTHK TV 33 on channel 33, but on 29 May 2017, RTHK began relaying CCTV-1 in its place after a short filler.

In Pakistan, the channel is aired on different cable systems, including the PTCL (Pakistan Tele Communication Landline).

The channel is available in Europe on the Astra 19.2E satellite.


Programs being aired including:

  • China's Mega Structures
  • Blades of Grass
  • Rebuilding the Kakarkorum Highway
  • Aerial China
  • A History of China
  • A Dove Tree
  • Going the Distance
  • Animal Aid
  • Silk Road


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2017-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ When connecting from a Virgin Media IP in Cambridgeshire, UK, the message "this video cannot be streamed in your region" is shown by the player, as of 2011-05-26. Works fine on a Plusnet UK connection, tested 2019-02-04.

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