A new world of spectacle in the post-cold war era: China's central television and its significant other, 1992-2006

Yunya Song*, Tsan-Kuo Chang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

As the Chinese society is increasingly looking outward, such official media outlets as China's Central Television have been adapting their international news production to the bend of marketization. A longitudinal content analysis of its flagship news program Network News from 1992 to 2006 found that although the quantity of international news hardly echoed such gear changes, the news' timeliness increased remarkably. Consistent with previous findings about the distinctions between the conceptual devices of foreign news and foreign policy news, the focus of CCTV's foreign policy news coverage on the U.S. and East Asia indicated China's regionalized foreign policy design, while the increasing soft news in its foreign news coverage implied CCTV's inclination to tap the audience demands. A further examination of the U.S.-the longstanding "significant other" in CCTV's survey of global spectacle-echoed the Chinese bifurcated views of the U.S. in its pursuit of "peaceful rise".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-475
Number of pages11
JournalPublic Relations Review
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • China's central television
  • Commercial nationalism
  • Content analysis
  • Foreign news
  • Foreign policy news
  • Significant other

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