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China Denies Vice Premier Death – Courier Mail

Phoenix Television and other media report that Vice Premier Huang Ju has died, though the Chinese government quickly denied the reports and Phoenix later apologized. From the Courier Mail: “It is our understanding that news regarding comrade Huang Ju’s death is totally unfounded,” an official with the cabinet spokesman’s office said. State television and radio […]

Blogging News in China – Luwei (Rose) Luqiu

In Nieman Reports, Phoenix TV editor Luwei (Rose) Luqiu writes about her experience of writing a blog on Sina.com: In China, the Internet enjoys relatively greater freedom than other media. Even so, three articles I posted on my blog vanished without notice. The Sina editor told me the government’s Internet monitors took them away. This […]

News Corp sells Phoenix stake to China Mobile – Reuters

From Reuters HongKong: News Corp. will sell a 19.9 percent stake in a China-focused broadcaster to the state parent of China Mobile Ltd., the companies said in a joint statement on Thursday. The stake has a market value of US$185 million, based on the last shares price close. After the transaction, News Corp’s STAR Group […]

Murdoch considers exit from China deal – Mure Dickie et al

From MSNBC (link): News Corp has discussed withdrawing from Phoenix Satellite Television, its Hong Kong-based Chinese television joint venture, in a move that would see Rupert Murdoch walk away from his most successful effort to break into China’s tightly controlled media market. People familiar with the situation said News Corp had talked about selling all […]

Freedom of speech is still a trial in China – Hamish McDonald

From the Age, via Asia Media: Necessarily, Liu’s strategy is not to “broadcast and be damned”. He makes sure Phoenix TV presents touchy news in a way that makes clear there is no challenge to the system. In between, it runs plenty of upbeat, feel-good features about China’s achievements and projects dear to central and […]

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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