Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix’

The New New New Chinese TV Network

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

xinhua CNC imageHere we go again… yet again… a new Chinese international television network launches with great fanfare amid high expectations that this time, finally, China’s story will finally get a fair airing in the global marketplace.   After five months broadcasting in Mandarin, the all new China News Network Corporation debuted its English service this week. Admittedly, I have not seen the new service, either in Chinese or English, but I do approach this venture with the same skepticism I have had for the past ten years of other similar Chinese endeavors.  The Chinese are motivated by what they consider to be the unfair treatment they receive in the international media, particularly among the major global networks like CNN, the BBC and others.  Following the success of Al Jazeera in both Arabic and English, Beijing now has imperial media ambitions of its own to help promote its worldview and grab a larger share of the world’s television news audience.


CTP Podcast – The Influence of Chinese Media

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

media1What is to become of China’s effort to establish its own Al-Jazeera?  Will it be a global propaganda arm selling a centrally controlled story via TV, or will it be an introspective new voice reporting via a multi-national editorial team in a purposefully fragmented manner? Eric and I spoke about his personal experience with state media outlets and his own reflections on this latest effort by China to have the world hear its side of the story.  We’ve got three recommendations for readers who wish to make their own prognostications: 1) Study The Domestic Media The domestic media outlets function in an entirely different manner than the international state-owned media channels in China.  Follow the business developments of Shanghai Media Group, Southern Weekend, Phoenix and BaiDu. 2) Who’s Running the New Network Will China bring in foreign experts with editorial freedom to develop stories as they see fit?  Regardless of foreign management involvement (which may be an unlikely benchmark to await), will the stories carry the same language of the apparatchiks? 3) Will It be Eclipsed by User Generated Content Mobile Phones, Blogs, citizen journalism and independent media are already alive and being incorporated into domestic media content.  It feeds a more open dialogue within China, it could also help accomplish China’s goals in a more authentic manner internationally. (Apologies in advance for some audio quality issues with this podcast.)

3 Reasons to be Skeptical of China’s Plan to Build Media Empires

Friday, October 9th, 2009

media1Another year, another plan by China’s propaganda divisions to build giant media empires that it feels will help better position the country in the global media marketplace.  After the Olympic torch relay debacle last year, plans surfaced that Beijing feels that its side of the story is not getting out there.  So the 2008 plan  was to build an Al Jazeera-style all news network to rival CNN, the BBC and France24, now this year they want to expand beyond news to create full-scale media empires.


洛城中文媒体 Los Angeles: One of the Hottest Chinese TV Markets in the World

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Chinese Media in Los AngelesIt comes as huge surprise to most observers that across the Pacific, far away from Greater China, a brutal media battle is underway with many of the world’s largest Chinese media brands.  LA’s Mandarin language television market is now one of the most competitive in the world with over a dozen brands competing for supremacy.  Unlike in the past where so-called “ethnic television” was considered to be on the fringe, in a market like LA’s, ethnic media is dominant.