China Central Television (CCTV) is the most predominant and the biggest state-owned television station in China. Along with People’s Daily and Xinhua News Agency, CCTV is considered one of the big three state-owned media outlets in mainland China and is under the supervision of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television, which is an executive branch under the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. CCTV has 42 channels (29 public channels and 13 paid digital channels) broadcasting different programs in seven languages: Chinese, English, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, and Korean as well as in minority languages in China. CCTV reaches 10.14 billion viewers, of which 3.14 billion are overseas audience members. This entry provides an overview of CCTV, including its history and ...

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