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HeadquartersBeijing, China

China Global Television Network, CGTN (until 2016, CCTV International) is the international division of the state-owned media organisation China Central Television (CCTV).

CGTN broadcasts nine news and general interest channels in five languages. CGTN is registered under the State Council of the People's Republic of China and is under the control of the Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party. The General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping described CGTN's goal as to "tell China's story well."[1]

Western press, journalists and advocacy groups, and others have accused CGTN of broadcasting propaganda and disinformation on behalf of the Chinese government.[2]

CGTN Africa

CGTN Africa is CGTN's African news productions center which was launched in Kenya on 11 January 2012. CGTN Africa produces daily news, business and culture shows, including Africa Live, Talk Africa, Global Business Africa and Faces of Africa, which are broadcast through CGTN's English news channel.[3]

CGTN America

CGTN America is the Americas division of CGTN that began broadcasting on 6 February 2012. It is based in Washington, DC and runs bureaus in North and South America. The service employs American and Chinese journalists and produces Americas-based programs for CGTN and CCTV.[4]

The United States Department of Justice ordered CGTN America to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), which CGTN America did on 1 February 2019. Registration requires CGTN America to disclose information about its annual budget and ownership structure, and to include disclaimers on broadcasts, published materials and social media identifying itself as a registered foreign agent. On 8 March 2019, after CGTN America registered under FARA, its director general Ma Jing and a dozen other staffers were recalled to Beijing.

CGTN Europe

CGTN Europe is CGTN's European division, mainly covering European business and politics. Its offices are at the Chiswick Business Park in west London. CGTN first moved into the office in January 2018 and planned to begin broadcasts by the end of the year, although issues which included "obtaining visas for top managers and setting up technology" eventually delayed its launch to October 2019.[5]

Despite Ofcom's revocation of CGTN's broadcast licence, a person briefed on the channel's strategy said it "would not impact the production centre, CGTN would just need to reorientate itself to produce more content for Europe."[6]

Iraq War: 20 years on

Labour’s Clare Short: 2003 Iraq War ‘terrible mistake’

On 19 March 2023, marking twenty years after the start of the 2003 Iraq War, CGTN Europe interviewed Britain's former International Development Secretary Clare Short.

"The #Iraqwar was a terrible mistake that eroded trust in politics", Clare Short tells CGTN Europe.
In an exclusive interview, former #Labour Minister Short says the decision to invade Iraq undermined international law, with repercussions that echo through to the present day. #IraqWar20yearson [7]


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