Overnight bus catches fire, kills 36 in Shaanxi

| August 26th, 2012

From IFeng:

An overnight bus crashed into a tanker truck early Sunday morning, August 26, in Shaanxi province, resulting in a fire that killed 36 of the 39 passengers. The crash became the #1 trending topic on Sina Weibo Sunday. According to Sina Weibo:

Yan’an Bus Rear-Ending Traffic Accident Kills 36 In Shaanxi Province, on the morning of the 26th, there was a big accident. 36 people have been confirmed dead. Three people who escaped alive are currently being treated in […]Read more…

Netizens speculate Liu Xiang fakes fall at Olympics

| August 25th, 2012

“It’s the truth: this is the cruelty of sports. Liu Xiang is like a warrior. He jumped, knowing not going to make it to the end.” When Chinese famous 110-meter hurdle athlete Liu Xiang fell on the first hurdle at the London Olympics, the CCTV commentator, Yang Jian was not surprised to make the above report, acting like he already knew this is meant to happen.

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CCTV commentator caught bad-mouthing Olympics athletes during broadcast

| August 17th, 2012

From KN58:

Zhang Mengmeng, a pretty commentator on CCTV was trapped in the “bad-mouthing scandal” during her commentating of the Olympics diving competition. Zhang Mengmeng made fun of several famous foreign athletes of being either abnormal or homosexual. This incident triggered controversy on the internet. Some netizens suspected that it is because Zhang forgot to turn off the microphone while bad mouthing the athletes in a private conversation. CCTV has not yet made any comments on it.

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Treacherous road to school

| November 14th, 2011

In Taxkorgan County of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, a rural village called Pili Village(皮里村) recently became famous when the above photo showing how children travel to school was posted on weibo by a CCTV journalist and retweeted over 16,000 times.

According to the journalist, there are 416 villagers scattering among the mountains, over 80 of them are children eligible for school. However, the school is more than 200 km away, 80 km of which consists of narrow mountain trails, dangerous […]Read more…

16-year-old prodigy refuses to finish PhD until he gets a house

| October 26th, 2011

From IFeng:

At the age of 16, most Chinese students are still in High School. But 16-year-old Zhang Xinyang (张炘炀) stunned the country in 2006 when he entered college at the age of 10. Currently 16 years old, he is working towards his Ph.D in Pure Mathematics at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (北京航空航天大学). Since early this year, he has been pressuring his parents to buy him an apartment in Beijing. He even threatened to abandon his PhD and […]Read more…

Exposure of Imitation foreign brands scandals

| July 25th, 2011

From iFeng:

"山寨Shanzhai’ (knockoff) was once a buzz word referring to imitation and pirated brands and goods in China. Shanzhai products always have the obvious "signature": its crappy-looking appearance and dirt-cheap price. Thus a consumer buys the knockoff products and is prepared for its bad quality. For that reason, one doesn’t feel much cheated after buying the Shanzhai products. Now there’s another kind of Shanzhai– imitation foreign brands products. This time, the "signature’ is gone, for those imitation foreign brands products […]Read more…

Chinese reporter cuts in front of Korean press to ask Obama a question, saying he represents Asia

| November 14th, 2010

(Netease) November 12, 2010, The G-20 Summit in Korea has ended, during President’s Obama’s press conference CCTV anchor Rui Chenggang seized the chance to ask the last question given to the Korean press. He also claimed to be representing the entire Asia. His action stirred up some debates on the net.

During the press conference President Obama wanted to leave the last question to the South Korean press, but Rui stood up…

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International relations “expert” forgets his lines on CCTV

| April 28th, 2010

CCTV channel 2:

Host: “The Conflict between the Thailand red shirt protestors and the government army continues. Can this crisis end with peace? Will there be more painful bloody confrontations? Now we are linked to China International Relations Research Center, South East Asia department Dr. Chu Hao. Hi Chu Hao, From the program yesterday we can see that Thai prime minister Abhist Vejjajiva rejected Red Shirt’s peace overtures.  We also heard the news that Thailand Army may take actions within the […]Read more…

China bans English abbreviations on TV

| April 8th, 2010

CCTV and other media have received a notice issued by the relevant department, in broadcasting, reporter’s interviews and subtitles must not use foreign languages and their abbreviations, for example “GDP”, “WTO”, “CPI”, etc. If under special circumstances the foreign language words and abbreviations are used, the Chinese interpretations must follow. Abbreviations like “NBA”, “CBA” and “F1” etc. must be replaced with full phrases in Chinese language.

  Central Chinese Television CCTV, Beijing

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Too many ads in the Gala gets CCTV’s homepage hacked for 2 hours

| February 18th, 2010

From ifeng.com

At the night of lunar Jan. 2nd (Feb. 15th), some netizens reported that they could not login in cctv.com from time to time, and the homepage of CCTV was covered by a western woman’s picture. The page didn’t fully recover until 20:20. No official comment from the website by far.

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Toshiba Advertisement Billboard shown in CCTV Live Broadcast of the National Day Military Parade

| October 2nd, 2009

This forum post on Tianya pointed out a Toshiba advertisement billboard was shown on the CCTV live broadcast of the National Day military parade, along with what a horrible broadcasting job CCTV has done. Netizens speculated if the Toshiba advertisement was done on purpose.

 

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People’s Daily Building Design, Shanzhai Burj Al Arab?

| September 10th, 2009

[Netease] The new building design for People’s Daily (人民日报) has been confirmed, the selected winner was designed by Professor Zhou Qi (周琦) of Southeast University, School of Architecture. However, once the plan was made public, netizens immediately started heated discussions. Some people say it looks like an iron, some say it looks like an aircraft carrier or even a urinal pot (an old style vessel for urine, used in bedrooms). Also some people criticized the building design is a […]Read more…

CCTV Plagiarizes Japanese Cartoon

| September 2nd, 2009

[Sina] Just when the Chinese original cartoon “Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf” being praised and awarded, CCTV children’s channel started showing another “original made” cartoon “Window of Sprits” (that’s how I translate the name(“心灵之窗”), but was criticized for plagiarizing! Netizens posted posts with the titles like “Being a man cannot be like CCTV” on forums accusing “Window of Sprits” plagiarized a famous Japanese Cartoon “5 Centimeters per Second”.

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