Posts Tagged ‘Shanghai Media Group’

Three Steps to Improve Chinese Soft Power

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The rejection of Southern Media and Chengdu’s B-Ray Media’s offer to purchase the ailing U.S. magazine Newsweek is just the latest setback the Chinese have encountered in their desire for acceptance by the international media.  Chinese political and corporate leaders have regularly complained that “their story” is just not getting out, and as such, China is often misunderstood by the outside world.    So, Beijing (and in this case Guangzhou and Chengdu) are more determined than ever to expand China’s media influence beyond its borders through acquisition and the launch of new english language television networks to portray China accurately and fairly.  In addition to feeling both misunderstood and occasionally victimized by the Western media, the Chinese are also eager to expand their cultural influence abroad to complement their increased economic, political and military power. (more…)

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.