CCTV Host Dispels Espionage Rumors by Returning to TV

Accusations that Fang Jing, the host of ’s Defense Watch program, has been spying for Taiwan were dispelled Sunday when she returned to the air as the host of another CCTV show.  Danwei summarizes the original report from CNFol (Chinese):

Fang Jing, the TV anchor who hosted a military program on CCTV until she disappeared from the screen in May, was rumored to have been caught spying for Taiwan. Yesterday, Fang re-emerged on CCTV as the host of another program, putting an end to all the speculation.

[…]A Yi, the author of the blog post that triggered the whole episode, defended himself by saying that he never explicitly referred to Fang as a “spy.” Instead, he claims he said only that Fang had “leaked information to the outside”. The vague hint evolved into a full-blown fiction that included such details as how Fang was seduced by a Taiwanese man and accepted money from him.

[…]Elsewhere on the Internet, some observers feel that the whole affair was engineered to get Fang back on the air. They reason that CCTV had pulled Fang for an unrelated reason, but once she was said to be a spy, they had to give her another host position to quell the rumors.

June 16, 2009, 1:17 PM
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