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|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 576i/480i for the SD feed)
|Owner||China Central Television|
|Launched||1 January 2011|
|Former names||CCTV-9 Documentary|
|Channel 34 (HD)|
|CGTN Documentary||Watch online|
CGTN Documentary (formerly CCTV-9 Documentary) 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.
In Macau, the digital terrestrial television operator TDM relays the channel on channel 74. In Hong Kong, the city's public broadcaster RTHK used to simulcast the channel as RTHK TV 33 terrestrially in both digital and analogue formats, but on 29 May 2017, RTHK began simulcasting a separate version of CCTV-1 in its place after a short filler. The CGTN Documentary simulcast were resumed from 1 July 2022, this time on digital-only channel 34.
In Pakistan, the channel is aired on different cable systems, including the PTCL (Pakistan Tele Communication Landline).
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