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Chinese-Owned African Pay-TV Giant StarTimes Launches New Propaganda Show

The Beijing-based African pay-TV operator StarTimes launched a new program on Monday that appears aimed at bolstering official Chinese government messaging on the continent in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit that will take place soon in Dakar, Senegal.

Chinese Propaganda Recruits CCP Allies in Kenya’s Ruling Party To Denounce U.S. Claims on COVID Origin

The Chinese Communist Party is turning to its friends in Kenya's ruling Jubilee Party to denounce the U.S.-led accusation that the COVID-19 virus originally leaked from a lab in Wuhan China. Last week, CCTV featured an interview with Jubilee's Secretary-General Raphael Tuju who blasted 

China Plans to Ramp Up Digital Engagement in Africa

The Chinese government announced new plans this week to increase engagement in Africa's tech sector by expanding partnerships in a number of areas including digital economy, smart cities, and 5G mobile communications.   “China will share the achievements of digital technology with Africa to ...

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 ...

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FOCAC’s Powerful Optics Present a Challenge to China’s Rivals

FOCAC is for me what the Winter Olympics is for a curling fan – the one moment every few years when the world briefly shares one’s obsession. So it was interesting (and revealing) how relatively muted the coverage of the triennial meeting has been this time around.

In part, this is due to the fact that FOCAC 8 itself has been slightly smaller than usual. It was held at the ...

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 ...

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, ...
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