Making bilateral relations newsworthy – China’s impossible challenge?

Written by Vivien Marsh.

vivmarsh photoThere are few phrases more likely to strike dread into a western global journalist’s heart than “bilateral relations” and “expanding ties”. They portend a news story of excruciating dullness peopled by national leaders and diplomats in suits getting on and off planes. For western hacks accustomed to finessing catchy leads and soundbites, the term “bilateral relations” is the spanner in the news machine. In broadcasting in particular, it is horribly difficult to illustrate. The only physical manifestations of “expanding ties” are probably to be found in a joke-shop next to the whoopee cushions. Read more


studio photoPaul Jackson investigates the TV industry in China and the British producers trying to tap this enormous market. As China reaches out to the West for new formats, how are those ideas changed to reflect Chinese tastes and cultural sensitivities and which shows become winners with the audience? Paul Jackson also discovers how programme makers within China are trying to create original content and bring it to our screens too.

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The programme shows why the University of Westminster’s China Media Centre is well-known in China – the numerous media contacts cascade their impressions throughout the media and education worlds –  and indicates the impact that China Media Centre has had when applying its research and expertise to the subject of that research.


2014年6月,中国著名电视节目主持人孟非与江苏卫视《非诚勿扰》节目制片人和编导团队再次来到伦敦,为《非诚勿扰》英国专场第二场挑选男、女嘉宾。6月14日,孟非在威斯敏斯特大学雷根特校区 (Regent Street Campus)具有百年历史的 Fyvie Hall 举行演讲,就当今社会的婚恋热议问题与英国各界华人进行探讨与交流。




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Date: 2-3 September 2014
Time: 9.00am – 6pm
Location: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

China is dramatically increasing its media presence in the world. CCTV will establish its third Media Hub, after Africa and the USA, in Europe. Xinhua has expanded its operations and haslaunched its own 24-hour television news. The quality and range of publications, radio and television channels and online information has developed rapidly in several languages. Chinese media are supplying facilities and training to the media of many other countries, even as they also soak up the experience and knowledge of the most advanced media industries. Not only national media but provincial media are entering the world’s markets. Read more