Say It Right Series

CCTV9 - reforms

Posted by bodawei January 4, 2011 in the Group General Discussion.

CCTV9 for some years has been a 24 hrs/day English language station, designed to assist Chinese people learning English.  For mono-lingual English speakers in China it provides the only English language news on TV.

The station programming was re-vamped from 2011/1/1 - but when I seached on Baidu I couldn't find any discussion on the topic. (All the stations were re-vamped as far as I can see - there are 15 CCTV stations.)

CCTV9 is now 33% Chinese language, with the prime time spots taken by Chinese. Details from the CCTV program for yesterday follow:

中文 480 minutes (8 hrs out of 24 – 33%) 70 minutes between 0 – 7:30 (dead zone of 450 minutes – 15.6%); 130 minutes at lunch time (11:20 – 1:30pm); 90 minutes out of 120 minutes from 6pm – 8:00pm; 100 minutes out of 120 minutes from 9 – 11pm.

It should be noted that there is English language at different times on other channels (eg. occasionally a film is screened in English with subtitles) - I don't have any data on this.

What do poddies think about this? Anybody heard anything about the change in philosophy?

Note: programming taken from

Comments (5) RSS

loading... Updating ...

To comment, please login.

Not sure if your comment is appropriate? Check our Commenting Policy first.

New lesson idea? Please contact us.