CCTV fire

Koolhaas, Delirious in Beijing

The New York Times reviews the massive new CCTV headquarters in Beijing: After Rem Koolhaas, the project’s architect, unveiled the design in 2003 he was pilloried by Western journalists for glorifying a propaganda organ of the...

China Sentences 20 to Jail for CCTV Fire

Twenty people have been sentenced to jail for last year’s deadly fire at the new CCTV headquarters in Beijing. From AP: Xu Wei, the former head of CCTV’s construction bureau, was sentenced to seven years in jail,...

CCTV Building Fire Trials Underway

A year after the incident, a court in Beijing is hearing the case against 23 people accused of being responsible for the fire at CCTV’s new headquarter building sparked by New Year’s fireworks. From China Daily:...

China Finds 71 Liable for Fire at CCTV Headquarters

From the Wall Street Journal: Seventy-one people have been found responsible for the fireworks-fueled blaze that engulfed a building in the new headquarters of state broadcaster China Central Television last year, the official...

Li Datong: A Modern End to Media Suppression

“A powerful internet – and public demand for honest reporting – is driving the state media to ever-greater levels of openness.” From the Guardian: On the night of 9 February, China Central Television’s new...

China Replacing CCTV’s Chief After Fallout From Fire

Three months after a fire at CCTV’s new headquarters, the head of the broadcaster is being replaced, the Wall Street Journal reports: In a brief report, state-run Xinhua news agency said 61-year-old Zhao Huayong is being...

Han Han (韩寒): Bash CCTV When It’s On Fire

China’s young and hottest blogger Han Han (韩寒) took fire at CCTV once again. This blogpost, written on Feb. 11, has once again been deleted from his Sina blog, but remains on the recently “resurrected” Bullog...

China Detains Building Chief in TV Complex Blaze

The axe has begun to fall for Monday’s fire at the CCTV headquarters. From the New York Times: The police detained 12 people, including the chief of construction for the new headquarters of China Central Television, or...

Netizens Ridicule CCTV (Video Added)

From AFP, via the Straits Times: On web forums, gleeful Internet users digitally edited Internet photos to add giant robots and fire-breathing dragons attacking the broadcaster’s building. Xiao Qiang, head of the...

Photos: China’s Lantern Festival, and an Unfortunate Ending

The Boston Globe has posted a photo series of Lantern Festival celebrated around China, ending with the fire at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing: Marking the end of the Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival takes place on...

Han Han’s (韩寒) Censored Comments on CCTV Fire (Updated)

Han Han (韩寒), a Shanghai based twenty six years old popular young writer, race car driver and leading blogger, immediately posted a comment on his blog when he heard about the CCTV fire, before any news had been reported about...

Rem Koolhaas Building in Beijing on Fire (Photos Added)

The Chinese new year ended with a blaze on Monday. A building designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas that is part of the CCTV complex in Beijing caught on fire while fireworks continued to go off around the city. From The...



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