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ABS-CBN News Channel stop launching Chinese language newscast

2021-04-16 10:00

According to philstar GLOBAL, following  heavy backlash  on social media, ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) has ended its partnership with Chinatown News TV (CNTV) and will no longer air the Mandarin-language newscast.

CNTV no longer aired Thursday evening on ANC and instead broadcast its episode on its own Facebook page.

Prior to this, ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs chief Ging Reyes defended the airing of CNTV on ANC, saying the show was produced by Filipinos with the goal of serving the Filipino-Chinese community.

She also assured that ABS-CBN retained editorial control over their content, despite a disclaimer appearing at the beginning of the show stating that the views of the anchors and producers of the newscast do not necessarily reflect the policies and position of the network.

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CNTV, previously named Chinese News TV, stated on its website that it aims to promote Filipino-Chinese culture, keep the public informed on current events in the Philippines and abroad, and spread China’s ambitious “One Belt, One Road” infrastructure project that aims to link East Asia to Europe.

Mentions of it spreading the One Belt, One Road initiative have been removed from their website after  Rappler  first reported on the partnership between CNTV and ANC.

Philstar GLOBAL mentions, the newscast is produced by Horizon of the Sun Communications Inc., the same production company behind the Filipino-Chinese lifestyle show Chinatown TV. 

Chinatown TV co-produced the much frowned upon music video for “Iisang Dagat,” a song penned by Chinese Ambassador to Manila Huang Xilian which is supposedly a tribute for COVID-19 frontliners, but was widely perceived to be propaganda for Beijing’s continued presence in the West Philippine Sea.

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Image courtesy of ABS-CBN News Channel.

(說明:Image courtesy of ABS-CBN News Channel. )

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