James Chau

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James Chau (Chinese: 周柳建成 Zhōuliǔ Jiànchéng[citation needed]) who was born on 11 December 1977,[1] is a journalist, television presenter, and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. He anchors the main evening news on China Central Television, which broadcasts from Beijing to more than 80 countries, and reports live on location worldwide.[2] As a correspondent, he has covered breaking news on the Asian tsunami[3] and global SARS outbreak,[3] and has interviewed world figures: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,[4] Nobel Laureate Françoise Barré-Sinoussi,[5] and King Constantine II.[6] He is one of the few journalists to have interviewed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and mathematics teacher Anand Kumar.,[7][8] In 2009, he was appointed by the United Nations as China's first UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.[9]


Chau was born in England and educated at City of London School[10] and Cambridge University, where he was Varsity News Features Editor.[11] He also studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music under Professor Graeme Humphrey.[12] In interviews, he has cited the photographer Lord Snowdon for encouraging him as a writer,[13] and guiding him to his first journalistic internship at Vogue. His parents were born in Indonesia and Hong Kong.[14]


After graduating from Cambridge, and interning at Vogue and Mirror Group Newspapers,[13] he moved to Hong Kong for his first newsroom position. From 2001 he was a reporter and later an anchor at TVB Pearl.[15] His first major story was in Washington where Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-Hwa met for talks with U.S. President George W. Bush.[16] Chau returned to the White House a year later with Chinese leader Hu Jintao and was the only foreign journalist to cover all seven cities in what was the incoming President's debut overseas tour.[3] During a reporting assignment to the World Trade Organization in Geneva on 11 September 2001, he flew to London to cover the international reaction to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.[17] While promoted to anchor the news, he continued to report on the bird flu outbreak, the Doha Ministerial Conference where China was accepted as a WTO member, and the SARS pandemic that took him to outbreak areas in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.[1]

Chau joined China Central Television in 2004,[7] where he features primarily as a main presenter on the 24-hour CCTV News English-language station. Since April 2010, he also co-fronts the channel's flagship China 24 show.[18] He is one of the first foreign anchors to anchor the evening program for the state broadcaster that, across its various channels combined, draws an audience share of 1.2 billion.[19] His breaking stories include the suicide of former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, Sichuan earthquake, and the 2009 Indian elections. In the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, he taped a television special on the Great Wall of China with the Australian actress and singer, Olivia Newton-John.[20] During the Games, he anchored the morning show for the official Olympic broadcaster.[1] His two-hour coverage of the live standoff where eight Hong Kong tourists died in the Manila hostage crisis was noted in the Guardian for the openness of this coverage in the Chinese state media.[21] He continues to report on location for the Asian tsunami in Indonesia, International AIDS Conference in Vienna, and UN General Assembly[22] and Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York.[11]

He writes a newspaper column for the state-run tabloid Global Times.[23][24]

UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador[edit]

Chau has been described as one of China's leading AIDS activists.[25][26] He came under the early mentorship of Belgian scientist Peter Piot,[27] who co-discovered the Ebola virus, and has traveled on health missions to India, Norway, Indonesia, and the United States.[9] In August 2009, the United Nations announced his appointment as its first UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador on the Chinese Mainland,[28] joining Naomi Watts, Michael Ballack and Princess Stephanie of Monaco.[29] In April 2010, his first show as presenter of the new China 24 program was headlined by China's lifting of the HIV-related travel ban,.[30]

As UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, he has been featured in GQ and Men's Health,[25] and partners with leading Chinese internet portal, Sohu.com.[31] In 2008, he was named to the inaugural Young Leaders Summit at the Google headquarters,[32] and to the second edition hosted in Oslo by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.[33] Chau chaired the closing session of the 2009 International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Bali, and hosted the opening televised town hall event of the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna[34] with singer and activist Annie Lennox, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.[35][36] At the same conference, he moderated the innovative financing debate between Global Fund chief Michel Kazatchkine and former French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy.[37]

Chau is a member of aids2031[38] and Designers Against AIDS.


He sat down with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during the 2010 UN General Assembly,[8] and at the same event with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,[11] Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao,[11] Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski,[11] and South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. His other interview guests are Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Indonesian Trade Minister Mari Pangestu, former King Constantine II of Greece, Prince Edward, former Botswanan President Festus Mogae,[39] UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé,[40][41] U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh,[42] and First Lady of Georgia Sandra Saakashvili.[43] From the arts, he profiled Freedom Towers architect Daniel Libeskind, and in fashion, Jimmy Choo, Vivienne Tam,[44] and Jason Wu. His interview with Chinese military singer Peng Liyuan[45] was a rare television exclusive, and he has also spoken on camera to Crown Prince Haakon[46] and Crown Princess Mette-Marit[47] of Norway, and French virologist Françoise Barré-Sinoussi,[5] whose co-discovery of HIV won her the Nobel Prize in 2008.[48]


He is a Freeman of the City of London,[49] a National Press Foundation Fellow.,[50] and a representative of the British Council.[51]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "About". James Chau. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/alumni/newsletter/St%20Edmund's%20Edition%20No.%203.pdf[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "James Chau – Speakers – Going Global 4". British Council. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 9 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "James Chau Interviews... Noble Prize Winner Françoise Barré-Sinoussi". YouTube. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  6. ^ "CCTV International". Cctv.com. 28 December 2005. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  7. ^ a b "jameschau2004". Google. 8 June 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  8. ^ a b Krishnan, Ananth (14 February 2012). "In China, 'Super 30' Maths wizard sees a lesson for India". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Partnerships Department". Unaids.org. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  10. ^ [2] Archived 5 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ a b c d e "CCTV reporter James Chau in UN Millennium summit – Interview Video". Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Graeme Humphrey – Email, Address, Phone numbers, everything!". 123people.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  13. ^ a b "SH Magazine: Shanghai restaurants, events and nightlife | SH Magazine Online". Shmag.cn. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  14. ^ "I Am Broadcasting From China - All about China | Radio86.com". Lt.radio86.com. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  15. ^ "CCTV-English Channel-James Chau". Cctv.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  16. ^ "CCTV-English Channel-James Chau". Cctv.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  17. ^ http://www.icaap9.org/userfiles/Bio%20-%20James%20Chau.pdf
  18. ^ "China Central Television". English.cntv.cn. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  19. ^ "November 5, 2008 | Fast Facts". Adage.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  20. ^ "James Chau Interviews... Olivia Newton-John". YouTube. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  21. ^ Jonathan Watts (23 August 2010). "At least eight dead in Philippines as siege ends with police storming bus | World news". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  22. ^ "James Chau, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for China – CCTV Host and Reporter". Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  23. ^ "Aids won't wait for the recession to finish – GlobalTimes". Opinion.globaltimes.cn. 27 September 2010. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  24. ^ "Manila's botched bus rescue leaves a bad taste behind". Global Times. 30 August 2010. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  25. ^ a b http://unaids.org.cn/uploadFiles/2009121808551558.pdf
  26. ^ http://unaids.org.cn/uploadFiles/2009111213035034.pdf
  27. ^ "that's PRD | Listings, Events, Reviews, Jobs". Shenzhen.urbanatomy.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  28. ^ "CCTV news anchor James Chau nominated "UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador" CCTV-International". Cctv.com. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  29. ^ "Partnerships Department". Unaids.org. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  30. ^ "James Chau Reports... China Lifts HIV Travel Ban". YouTube. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  31. ^ "搜狐举办艾滋病日主题活动 关注受艾滋影响孩子-公益频道". Gongyi.sohu.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  32. ^ "Our2031 – Blog". Aids2031. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  33. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  34. ^ "Join UNAIDS and IAS at Town Hall on reshaping the future of AIDS". Unaids.org. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  35. ^ "世界艾滋病大会新进展 -健康公社·关注-新京报电子报". Epaper.bjnews.com.cn. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  36. ^ "Towards a Paradigm Shift in HIV Treatment and Prevention – Kaiser Global Health". Globalhealth.kff.org. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  37. ^ "Funding Global Health: Can Innovative Mechanisms Save the Day?". Kaiser Global Health. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  38. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  39. ^ http://www.unaids.org.cn/uploadFiles/2010081913251993.doc
  40. ^ "James Chau Interviews... UN Under Secretary-General Michel Sidibé". YouTube. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  41. ^ "James Chau Live... 2010 International AIDS Conference". YouTube. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  42. ^ "James Chau Interviews... U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh". YouTube. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  43. ^ "James Chau Interviews... First Lady of Georgia Sandra Saakashvili". YouTube. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  44. ^ "Podcast". James Chau. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  45. ^ "James Chau Interviews... Chinese military general Peng Liyuan". YouTube. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  46. ^ "HRH Haakon and James Chau on Dignity and Respect – HIV/AIDS (Part 1)". YouTube. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  47. ^ "HRH Mette-Marit and James Chau (Part 3)". YouTube. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  48. ^ "The 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – Press Release". Nobelprize.org. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  49. ^ "Guild of Scholars of the City of London_周建成吧_贴吧". Tieba.baidu.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  50. ^ Meyers, Bob. "J2J | NPF Helpdesk | National Press Foundation". Nationalpress.org. Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  51. ^ "A to Z – Session speakers- Going Global 4". British Council. Retrieved 25 October 2011.

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