China Global Television Network

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China Global Television Network (CGTN)
Type Television network
Slogan See the difference.
Headquarters CCTV Headquarters, Beijing
Owner China Central Television
Launch date
31 December 2016;2 years ago (2016-12-31)
Official website

China Global Television Network (CGTN; Chinese :中国国际电视台; pinyin :Zhōngguó guójì diànshìtái or Chinese :中国环球电视网; pinyin :Zhōngguó Huánqiú Diànshì Wǎng [1] ), formerly CCTV International, is a group of six international multi-language television channels owned and operated by China Central Television (CCTV), a nationally owned media in China. [2] All six non-Chinese language television channels under CCTV International were simultaneously relaunched at 4:00 am GMT (midday BJT), on 31 December 2016 to bear the CGTN name. [3] CCTV-4, the international channel in Mandarin Chinese, is not a part of this rebranding. The U.S. Justice Department in 2018 ordered the state-run CGTN to register as a foreign agents in order to combat the Chinese communist party's alleged propaganda operations, among other activities. [4]

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NameLanguageLaunch DatePrevious Name
CGTN English20 September 1997
  • CCTV-9
  • CCTV News
CGTN Español Spanish1 October 2007 [5]
  • CCTV-E
  • CCTV Español
CGTN Français French1 October 2007 [5]
  • CCTV-F
  • CCTV Français
CGTN العربية Arabic25 July 2009CCTV العربية
CGTN Русский Russian10 September 2009CCTV Русский
CGTN Documentary English1 January 2011CCTV-9 Documentary

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  1. 习近平致信祝贺中国国际电视台(中国环球电视网)开播. Xinhua. 2016-12-31.
  2. "CGTN-About Us". CGTN homepage. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  3. "CCTV to launch CGTN". CCTV America. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  4. "Justice Department Has Ordered Key Chinese State Media Firms to Register as Foreign Agents". The Wall Street Journal . 2018-09-18.
  5. 1 2 Split from CCTV-E&F.