Edwin Maher

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Edwin Maher is a New Zealand-born TV journalist who worked for CCTV International in Beijing before retiring in 2017.[1]

Maher established his broadcast career in Australia, working many minor roles, particularly as a weatherman, in many cities before beginning a 25-year stint with Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1979. He is mostly remembered in Melbourne for his use of a varied and creative number of viewer submitted pointers to highlight items when delivering the ABC's Victorian state weather forecast.

In 2003, China Central Television sought to expand its CCTV International to be more professional and accessible to Western audiences. CCTV senior executive Jiang Heping approached Maher, already working in China with CCTV as a voice coach, to become one of the first western anchors for the revamped network. Maher was offered the position because of his clear diction speaking English and his experience in voice coaching.[2] Maher taught speaking in private lessons through his company Maher Media Services,[3] lectured at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and even released audio lessons on voice. He accepted the job with CCTV and started in March 2004. Besides anchoring a news broadcast a few afternoons a week, his duties include voice coaching to the Chinese staff.[2]

Maher answers criticism that he has become a paid mouthpiece for the Communist propaganda by saying he only reads the news and is, "not trying to read into the news, not thinking about what is behind the content. Politically sensitive news, like any other news, has to be read clearly. That is my bottom line. Because I'm in China, some news may be regarded as politically sensitive or whatever, but that doesn't affect my interpretation of it to the audience."[4] Maher also wrote articles for the English language China Daily newspaper about his experiences learning Mandarin Chinese.[5]

He appeared in the 2003 Australian movie Bad Eggs as a news presenter reporting on the events at the end of the film.[6]

In January 2010, it was announced that Maher's life story would be adapted into a feature film.[7]


  1. ^ Yang, Wanli (30 September 2017). "Edwin Maher: Former CCTV anchor sees clear skies ahead". China Daily. 
  2. ^ a b Glionna, John M. (4 December 2007). "China's man at the anchor desk". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Callick, Rowan (9 November 2006). "Ex-weatherman now anchored in China". The Australian. 
  4. ^ Liaoning AIEP (2008). Face of change. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
  5. ^ China Daily (2008). Edwin Maher - My China Daily. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  6. ^ Internet Movie Database (2008). Bad Eggs. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  7. ^ Lun, Haidi; Tacon, Dave. 2010-01-30. Accidental sinologist. The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved on 2010-11-19.

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