Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lui Wen, the TV channel head of CCTV 9 on StarSat arrested on allegations of corruption and bribery product placement in documentaries.

Lui Wen, the TV channel head of CCTV 9 (StarSat 311) has been arrested on allegations of corruption.

CCTV 9 is China Central Television's documentary TV channel which was launched in 2011 and which can be seen in South Africa on On Digital Media (ODM) and StarTimes South Africa's StarSat satellite pay-TV platform since November 2013.

China Central Television (CCTV) is China's state television.

Lui Wen was arrested on suspicion of creating "financial problems in the process of buying outside TV productions" as well as "an exchange of benefits for product placements in highly rated documentaries".

According to reports, public auditors discovered Lui Wen's economic malpractice related to the "outsourcing of documentary and advertising affairs".

Lui Wen's arrest follows multiple arrests this year of CCTV personnel - both on-air as well as staff, at TV channels CCTV 2, and CCTV.

CCTV 9 has struggled to become profitable since 2011