China Global Television Network

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China Global Television Network (CGTN)
TypeTelevision network
SloganSee the difference.
HeadquartersCCTV Headquarters, Beijing
OwnerChina Central Television
Launch date
31 December 2016; 2 years ago (2016-12-31)
Official website

China Global Television Network (CGTN; Chinese: 中国国际电视台; pinyin: Zhōngguó guójì diànshìtái or Chinese: 中国环球电视网; pinyin: Zhōngguó Huánqiú Diànshì Wǎng[1]), formerly CCTV International, is a group of six international multi-language television channels owned and operated by China Central Television (CCTV), a nationally owned media in China.[2] All six non-Chinese language television channels under CCTV International were simultaneously relaunched at 4:00 am GMT (midday BJT), on 31 December 2016 to bear the CGTN name.[3] CCTV-4, the international channel in Mandarin Chinese, is not a part of this rebranding. The U.S. Justice Department in 2018 ordered the state-run CGTN to register as a foreign agent in order to combat the Chinese communist party's alleged propaganda operations, among other activities.[4]


Name Language Launch Date Previous Name
CGTN English 20 September 1997
  • CCTV-9
  • CCTV News
CGTN Español Spanish 1 October 2007[5]
  • CCTV-E
  • CCTV Español
CGTN Français French 1 October 2007[5]
  • CCTV-F
  • CCTV Français
CGTN العربية Arabic 25 July 2009 CCTV العربية
CGTN Русский Russian 10 September 2009 CCTV Русский
CGTN Documentary English 1 January 2011 CCTV-9 Documentary
CGTN Africa English 11 January 2012
CGTN America English 6 February 2012


  1. ^ 习近平致信祝贺中国国际电视台(中国环球电视网)开播. Xinhua. 2016-12-31.
  2. ^ "CGTN-About Us". CGTN homepage. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  3. ^ "CCTV to launch CGTN". CCTV America. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  4. ^ "Justice Department Has Ordered Key Chinese State Media Firms to Register as Foreign Agents". The Wall Street Journal. 2018-09-18.
  5. ^ a b Split from CCTV-E&F.

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