Chinese Television System

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Not to be confused with China Television or China Central Television.
Chinese Television Systems
Type Free-to-air nationwide TV
Branding CTS
Country Taiwan
First air date
Availability Taiwan
Founded 1971-10-07
Owner Taiwan Broadcasting System
Official website
CTS Building 1: Studio Building

Chinese Television System (Chinese: 中華電視公司; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Diànshì Gōngsī; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tiong-hôa-tiān-sī-kong-si) is a broadcast television station in the Republic of China (Taiwan).


Founded on October 31, 1971, CTS began as a joint venture between the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Education. In its inception, 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 new structure called for the transfer of the station's main studios from Taipei to Kaohsiung over a span of five years. It was allowed to continue to generate income through traditional advertisements and maintain its 60-40 ratio of entertainment to news programming.

Notable programs aired by CTS[edit]

Birth of Heart (風雨生信心) was the first TV drama aired in 1977 simultaneously over TTV, CTV, and CTS.

Today (今天), one of the CTS's most popular women's magazine shows, aired from 1972 to 1988. It won the prestigious Golden Bell Awards (the Taiwan Emmys) three times, in years 1982, 1985 and 1988.

The Variety 100 (綜藝100) was hosted by veteran Chang Hsiao-yen (Zhang Xiaoyan). It was one of the earliest prime time variety shows of the CTS's network that ran from 1979 to 1984.

Twin Bang (連環泡) was 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 the similar to the version on the TVB network in Hong Kong.

Justice Pao or Justice Bao (包青天) was one of the most popular Chinese TV series of all time. The first version aired in 1974 with 350 episodes. The second version aired in 1993 with 236 episodes. It became the most popular Asian drama in history.[citation needed] It was shown in 80 countries in more than 40 languages (including Tagalog on ABC-5 now known as TV5) and was 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.

Love (愛), the first Chinese series shown in both Mandarin and Taiwanese (Hokkien), aired 68 episodes.

Doraemon (哆啦A夢), the Japanese animated series from the TV Asahi network, was shown in the Mandarin-dubbed version on CTS. It is 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,[citation needed] was 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, it stayed for seven years.

Space Warriors (太空戰士) in 1984 to 1987, the Most Popular Space Warriors, was a 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 Building 2: CTS Building
CTS Building 3: TV Production Building
CTS Building 4: UHF Studio & Administrative Building, all 4 buildings are in Taipei City

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