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[AUDIO] Chinese media’s African identity crisis

The Chinese Communist Party-controlled international television news broadcaster CGTN (China Global Television News) faces a seemingly-irreconcilable dilemma. While the network positions itself as an alternative to the dominant global channels like CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera, CGTN also has a separate, arguably more important mission as the voice of the party that must always adhere to “core socialist values” according to mandates set by ... Read More »

[AUDIO] The enduring popularity of Chinese Kung Fu movies in Africa

The Chinese government is spending billions of dollars around the world to expand its already massive global media footprint. Africa is a major destination for a lot of that investment. Although it is not clear how much money the Chinese have spent to develop Africa-focused economy, the sums are no doubt in the millions of dollars. The communist party-run CCTV ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China working hard to challenge West’s news narratives in Africa

The Chinese media presence across Africa has expanded dramatically over the past ten years as Beijing invested millions of dollars to build out a vast distribution network for its newspaper, radio and TV content. China’s flagship TV network CCTV broadcasts daily from its regional hub in Nairobi, China Radio International broadcasts in-language programming on the FM dial in places like ... Read More »

[AUDIO] A Chinese journalist reflects on reporting the China-Africa story

How foreign journalists report on the China-Africa story is often determined by the national origin of their news organization. While there are no doubt exceptions, the US news media frequently frame China as the neo-colonial aggressor and Africa as the persistent victim of foreign agendas. The French, for their part, too often simply ignore the story and the Chinese frame ... Read More »

[AUDIO] Reporter’s Notebook: CCTV Africa’s special reports from the DRC

CCTV Africa multimedia journalist Clementine Logan recently completed a series of special reports from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Part of her assignment was to report on the increasingly large presence of Chinese soldiers assigned to the UN peacekeeping effort there, which until now, has received surprisingly little international media coverage. Clementine joins us to discuss her recent assignment ... Read More »

[AUDIO] CCTV Africa: frontline of China’s soft-power diplomacy

Since its launch in 2012, CCTV Africa has grown considerably in its distribution and programming. However, the central question remains as to whether or not anyone is actually watching to justify the massive investment undertaken by the Chinese government. According to research by leading Sino-Africa media scholar Bob Wekesa, apparently the channel is building an audience on the continent through ... Read More »

[AUDIO] China’s Big Media Push in Africa

China took a big step in pursuit of its ambitions to become a global media power with the launch of its new Nairobi-based African CCTV African service on January 13. Beijing is reportedly committing upwards of a billion dollars towards in global satellite television projects in a bid to join the “top three” (Al Jazeera, CNN and BBC). If the current ... Read More »

3 Lessons France can offer China about government-run media

Both China and France share a common frustration with the international media and that their country’s “story” is not being accurately conveyed via the CNNs, BBCs and Al Jazeeras of the world.  After years of bitterly complaining about the injustices of international (read Western) news reporting, they both came to same conclusion: “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em.”   ... Read More »