China’s “Larry King” Ends Silence on Show’s Demise – Reuters

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A popular television host known as China’s Larry King said on Wednesday that Shanghai authorities pulled the plug on his talk show this year to prevent him from exposing a sensitive case of local official corruption.

In his first interview with Western media since being forced off of the air in February, Taiwan-born finance professor Lang Hsien-ping (郎咸平) said he kept silent after receiving threats of expulsion, imprisonment and even assassination.

His show — Larry Lang Live (Ë¥¢ÁªèÈÉéÈó≤ËØÑ) — was a near overnight success after it started in 2004 in a city whose residents pack into brokerages to play the stock market, becoming one of the city’s three most popular programs. [Full Text]

Also see Wikipedia Chinese’s intro of Lang, Lang’s claim to fame in China and Eva Cheng’s Increasing domestic criticism of Beijing’s pro-capitalist course and her translation Our views and opinions of the current political landscape, a letter to General Secretary Hu [Jintao] from a group of veteran CCP members, veteran cadres, veteran military personnel and intellectuals. October 2004



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