Central China Television is China’s state-owned television. Among the channels they offer is CCTV9, an English-language TV station available everywhere on the mainland and as a part of cable and digital satellite packages everywhere. CCTV’s news, as one might expect from an agency connected with the Chinese government, offers a consistently sunny take on the news especially where the government and the 中國共産黨 are concerned.
In Korea, we have Arirang TV. Arirang does have some interesting programs, but it does tend to offer a resolutely sunny view of the country. While I definitely applaud their mission of bringing Korea and its magnificent culture to a wider, non-Korean speaking audience, sometimes I have to wonder if I’m watching CCTV9. Harold Piper, a former editor of the Joongang Ilbo’s English newspaper and a former professor at Yonsei University, has criticized Arirang for being a mouthpiece of government propaganda and not welcoming other viewpoints.