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Trailer Drops For New Chinese TV Drama About the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The trailer for a big-budget TV Chinese drama series set in a fictitious West African country during the 2014 Ebola outbreak is getting a bit of buzz on Chinese social media channels. Ebola Fighters purportedly showcases the efforts of Chinese PLA ...

Namibia’s State TV Channel NBC to Broadcast 4-Part Series Produced by CCTV

TV viewers in Namibia will be able to watch a four-part documentary series produced by China's state-run broadcaster CCTV beginning on Monday at 17:20 local time.  The show, Glamorous Namibia, will be aired on the state-owned Namibia Broadcast Corporation and is timed to coincide with the 31st anniversary ...

Chinese Media Coverage of Wang’s Visit Sticks Closely to Official Talking Points

Chinese official media coverage of Wang Yi's visit to Nigeria closely adhered to the Foreign Ministry's three priorities for its policy in Africa: 1) vaccine cooperation, 2) economic recovery and 3) a yet to be defined concept called "transformative development."  ...

It’s Not Entirely Clear if CGTN’s New Branding Campaign is Promoting a Country or a TV Channel

If you didn't know anything about CGTN, China's state-run international television network, it'd be easy to mistake their new promotional spot as a slickly-produced commercial for the Chinese government's engagement in Africa. Images of Chinese contractors dancing with locals, doctors ...

New Chinese Drama Series and Documentaries Now on Chadian National TV

Beginning today, television audiences in Chad will be able to watch new Chinese drama series and documentaries nationally on Electron TV. The Chinese embassy in N'Djamena invited Chadians to tune in and watch the shows to "get to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Sanctions and Anti-Sanctions

For those tracking the development (and high-level normalization) of ‘the new cold war,’ this week has been a doozy. U.S. President Joe Biden departed for the G7 summit in Cornwall with a rare bipartisan win in his pocket. His U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a $250 billion bill aimed at countering Chinese competition in a number of hi-tech areas like semiconductors and robotics, passed with a 68-32 majority. Some predict that it could ...

China’s Rebuilding of TV Stations in Africa is a Great Way of Ensuring Long-term Positive Media Coverage

China's ambassador to Liberia, Ren Yisheng, toured the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) facility in Monrovia last week to inspect a $52 million upgrade to the channel that Beijing is funding. Part of the work being done is to facilitate LBS' transition from analog to digital ...

StarTimes and DSTV Battle For Audiences in Africa’s Intensely Competitive Pay TV Market

One of the revealing aspects of Africa's pandemic-related downturn is that, while it's causing financial chaos across the continent this doesn't seem to be slowing the outside interest in certain African consumer sectors. Take TV, for example. For a long time, ...

StarTimes’ African Voice Actors Are the Newest Faces of Chinese Soft Power

The hugely popular Chinese-owned African pay-TV service StarTimes has always tried to put some distance between itself and the Chinese government, reminding anyone who asks that it is a private enterprise. Regardless of its status, the company is nonetheless a powerful ...

In Africa, China Is the News

China's soft power projection in Africa is radically different from that of other countries, like the U.S. or France, where movies, music, and culture are used to foster support and allegiance. Even the Chinese realize that no matter how hard ...

China's StarTimes Is Now One of Africa's Most Important Media Companies

The Beijing-based StarTimes Group is now one of Africa's most important media companies with 10 million subscribers across 30 countries. The pay TV company is leading the continent's transition from analog to digital television with some of the world's most ...