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Sex Scandal Rocking Phoenix TV

Several U.S.-based employees and former employees of the private Hong Kong media company, Phoenix Television, are filing lawsuits against the company’s Washington D.C. bureau chief alleging sexual harassment. From Sina...

The Anxiety of China’s Bureau of Broadcasting and Film – Bonnae

From Reading China blog, the original Chinese text is on www.my1510.cn: China’s Bureau of Broadcasting and Film (BBF) refuses to keep silent and has new policy. During late July and early August, some Chinese audience are not able to watch programs from the Phoenix TV. Despite the Beijing government’s emphasis on “harmony”, BBF’s action aroused […]

China launches first gay TV show – BBC News

From BBC News (photo: poster for the gay show “Connected by the Same Sex [ÂêåÊÄßÁõ∏Ëøû]” via phoenixtv.com): A Chinese TV channel has launched what it says is the first ever programme to focus on gay issues in China. The programme is being broadcast over the internet and will feature gay presenters discussing issues related to […]

China Mobile parent paid HK$1.28 bln for Phoenix stake – MarketWatch

From MarketWatch: China Mobile Ltd. said Monday its parent, China Mobile Communications Corp., paid HK$1.28 billion to Rupert Murdoch‘s STAR Group Ltd. for a 19.9% stake in Hong Kong-listed Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Ltd. (8002.HK). China Mobile, Phoenix,and STAR Group announced the deal late Thursday, but didn’t say then how much China Mobile paid for […]

Phoenix Weekly Interviews Lu Banglie – Ma Ya

From Phoenix Weekly, translated by ESWN: In the recall incident at Taishi village, Panyu, Guangdong, a surprising figure is the young peasant Lu Banglie who was once reported in the media for being elected as the Hubei province...

A New Cultural Revolution – Melinda Liu

From The Newsweek: Despite TV censorship, hot news, cool personalities”and a tinge of controversy”are enlivening China’s small screen. In mainland media, coverage of politics is still tightly controlled; contentious topics such as leadership tensions or the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown remain taboo. Despite such restrictions”or perhaps because of them”in China, news is new. “Taiwan had 10 […]

Making Waves, Carefully, on the Air in China – Philip P. Pan

From the Washington Post: Phoenix is the only private television network in China allowed to broadcast news in Chinese, a privilege that reflects the warm relationship Liu has cultivated with party leaders. But on the phone that day in January, he defied the authorities and quickly approved the Zhao story, recalled the reporter, Rose Luqiu. […]

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