Ying Zhu is the author of a new book on China’s state-owned television network, China Central Television or CCTV. Two Billion Eyes – The Story of China Central Television is the story of CCTV as the personal stories of the people of CCTV which the author engaged with via extensive interviews. Yet it also paints a complex picture of the network that has become an archetype of the Chinese model. Two Billion Eyes is published by The New Press and will be available on 2 October 2012. Read more
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The front page of yesterday’s China Youth Daily carried an admonition for the media in China in the current heated political climate: don’t exploit patriotism for sensationalist reporting to attain higher newspaper sales or television ratings. In other words: cut the hot air. Read more
This week’s digest proposes to look back at the London Olympics and the commentaries they received from Chinese intellectuals online – comparisons with Beijing 2008, or broader reflections on the roles of the media, business interests and the State in organised sports.
Various numbers about China’s Internet, telecoms and media have been released over the last week or so. CNNIC, a government body that issues reports and statistics on the Chinese Internet, released its mid year report.
Some numbers from the report:
The total number of Internet users reached 538 million (about 40% of the population) by June, up from 513 million in December 2011.
388 million people use mobile phones to get online; the report emphasizes that mobile devices are now far and away the most common way Chinese people get online.
There are 146 million ‘village netizens’(农村网民) or Internet users in rural areas. Read more
A spokesman for the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) announced yesterday that some original drama series and films on video websites like Youku.com and Tudou.com don’t meet government censorship standards and contain unacceptable dirty language, violence and sex. Read more
This morning, a reader drew my attention to an article on Danwei:
Alongside the movement for a “civilized” Internet, the anti-Super Girls campaign seems to be picking up steam as well. China Times published an interview yesterday with Liu Zhongde, one of the most outspoken critics of the Super Girls phenomenon.