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General public has no access to see CCTV live Spring Festival Gala in person: report

Screenshot of a man who have appeared on camera at the Spring Festival Gala for 10 consecutive years.   The general public has no access to see China Central Television's (CCTV) live Spring Festival Gala in person, as tickets are only distributed among officials and billionaires, China Radio International (CNR) has reported. Seats at tables near the stage are priced as high as 200,000 yuan ($33,051), according to widespread rumors, while tickets for a common seat range from 2,000 yuan to 40,000 yuan. The organizing team has denied the rumors, saying the tickets are

China's hosts and broadcasters asked to promote Mandarin

China's television and broadcasting watchdog has asked the country's hosts and broadcasters to take the lead in promoting Mandarin. Television hosts and broadcasters should speak Mandarin when hosting programs, except in special cases, and slang that violates language specifications should be prohibited, according to the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. They are asked to abide by Chinese syntax rules and not to coin new words or non-standard expressions, the administration said, adding that imitating pronunciation of

China's anchor Bai Yansong wears green tie to protest 'green scarves' humiliation

A TV grab shows anchorman Bai Yansong wearing a green tie on Oct 19, 2011. [Photo: CFP]   "I just want the students to know that I'm also wearing a green one. And we are all great people and are as good as those wearing red scarves." Bai Yansong, a famous anchor of China Central Television, voiced his support to students wearing green scarves at a primary school in Xi'an by wearing a green tie on a TV program, Oct 19, 2011.   The program focused on a recent controversial issue, triggered by First Experimental Primary School in Northwestern China's Xi'an that made

Kumho Tire recalls suspect tires produced by its Tianjin plant

  The South Korean tire maker Kumho Tire Co Ltd promised to recall all its faulty products and formally apologized to Chinese consumers on Monday. Last week, China Central Television revealed that the company's Tianjin plant had used too much recycled rubber in the tires made at the plant. The excessive use of the recycled material could lead to bulges in the tires, or even result in them splitting, which has the potential to cause accidents, according to the report.   Previously, the company reportedly denied the accusation, but it apologized by releasing a

Chinese-made infant formula still loses to imported formula

A saleswoman (right) shows dairy products to consumers in a supermarket in Beijing on Monday.   A recent survey found some 70 percent of Beijing residents are reluctant to buy domestically produced infant formula because of food safety concerns, even though the latest official test report said there is "no significant difference" between domestic dairy products and their overseas rivals. A market survey held by the State broadcaster China Central Television found that, of those polled, nearly 70 percent preferred imported milk powder and had little

17 Chinese brands on World's 500 Most Influential Brands list

A total of 17 Chinese companies made their way into the 2010 list of World's 500 Most Influential Brands, released by the World Brand Lab on Dec 22, China News Service reported.   Chinese brands on the list include CCTV (China Central Television), China Mobile, ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China), and State Grid.   The World's 500 Most Influential Brands list has been compiled annually since 2004. "Share of market," "brand loyalty" and "global leadership" are three factors considered for the list, according to the website