CGTN news, China Central Television (former CCTV 9) is a 24/7 news TV channel in the English language. CGTN is a government operated national TV broadcaster based in Beijing.
CGTN (China Global Television Network), formerly known as CCTV-9 and CCTV News, is an international English-language news channel. A part of the China Global Television Network group, it is owned and operated by China Central Television (CCTV), a state-owned media organization of China, under the control of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China. The service is aimed at the overseas market, similar to RT, BBC World News, NHK World-Japan, DW, Voice of America, Al Jazeera English, and France 24. The channel was launched on 25 September 2000. Coverage includes newscasts, in-depth reports, and commentary programs, as well as feature presentations. Its free-to-air satellite signal is received in over 100 countries.
CGTN has been registered as a foreign agent in the US.
CCTV began considering English-language international news programming on 1 January 1979, at the start of China’s “Reform and opening up” period. English news bulletins began on CCTV-2 in 1986 and became available to overseas viewers when they moved to CCTV-4 in February 1991. CCTV-9 began broadcasting across China on 25 September 2000, becoming the country’s first all-English television station.
On 1 January 2003, CCTV-9 entered the United States cable market, as part of a deal that allowed AOL, Time Warner, and News Corporation access to cable systems in Guangdong. In its early years, CCTV-9 broadcast English language news bulletins and cultural interest shows for most of each day, and aired mostly reruns during the overnight hours in China. One of its biggest projects was covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Until April 2010, CCTV-9 was a mixed general interest channel featuring news, travel programming, and language training. But on the 26th of that month, CCTV-9 was relaunched as a 24-hour English-language news service, and its name was changed to “CCTV News.”
At 04:00 London Time/12:00 Beijing Time, on 31 December 2016 the channel was relaunched as CGTN (China Global Television Network), and new programs debuted with the first programme Global Watch and first news anchored by Rachel Bubble.
In 2018 Kong Linlin, a CGTN reporter, verbally accosted a panel at the Conservative Party Conference and accused them, among other things, of being “fake Chinese.” After being asked to leave she assaulted another attendee.