CCTV-Olympic ( _zh. 中国中央电视台奥运频道), variably known as the Olympic Channel, is the name given to CCTV-5, part of the
China Central Televisionfamily of networks, is the main sports broadcaster in the People's Republic of China. CCTV-Olympic began broadcasting on January 1, 1995. CCTV－Olympic now broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It has extensive coverage of European football leagues (including Italian, Spanish, German and French leagues; however, it does not hold the rights for the English Premiership or
UEFA Champions Leaguein recent years). CCTV-Olympic also has the exclusive rights in Chinato broadcast the World Cup, Olympic Gamesand Asian Games. It has many popular programmes among Chinese sports fans.
CCTV-Olympic (as well as most other CCTV channels) may be viewed for free on the internet through the
Temporary Rename of Station and Scandal
As of January 2008, CCTV 5 was renamed the "Olympic Channel" [ [http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-12/28/content_7332088.htm CCTV to launch Olympic Channel] , retrieved on January 3, 2008] [ [http://weirdplanets.blogspot.com/2008/01/hu-ziwei-embarrassing-her-cctv-sports.html Hu Ziwei Embarrassing Her CCTV Sports Anchor Husband Zhang Bin] , retrieved on January 3, 2008.] [ [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2008/01/cctv_gets_wrong_kind_of_pr_geoffrey_a_fowler.php CCTV Gets Wrong Kind of PR] , retrieved on January 6, 2008] [ [http://virtualreview.org/china/zoom/427824/lust-caution-and-the-olympics Lust, Caution and the Olympics] , retrieved on January 6, 2008] . During the ceremony, the well-known Chinese broadcaster
Hu Ziweiaccused her husband Zhang Bin, who is a famous sports anchor, of adultery on the air as documented on a You Tubevideo [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga9hZCz1MnQ Chinese speaker for Olympics facing unfaithful accusation] , retrieved on January 3, 2008] . The video itself has spread outside of China and was reported by Voice of America(Chinese broadcast) on January 3, 2008. [ [http://newteevee.com/2008/01/02/adultery-accusation-causes-web-sensation/ Scandal captured on YouTube] , retrieved on January 3, 2008.] It should be noted that the Chinese media, including CCTV has kept this quiet.
CCTV-Olympic has extensive coverage of the following sports:
Chinese Basketball Association
* NBA, particularly games in which
Yao Mingand Yi Jianlianplay
International Table Tennis Federation(ITTF)
* China National Teams (
Football (soccer)and Volleyball)
Olympics, and the events leading up to it
* Asian Games
Beijing Tiyu Guangbo- Beijing Sports Radio
* [http://tv.cctv.com/04/05/index.shtml Official Site] zh icon
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