The other meaning of CCTV

In the spirt of the start of the Olympics, I thought it would be curious to mention on the blog that CCTV has an entirely different meaning in China than it does in the U.S. CCTV in China stands for China Central Television, the government-run TV and...


In the spirt of the start of the Olympics, I thought it would be curious to mention on the blog that CCTV has an entirely different meaning in China than it does in the U.S. CCTV in China stands for China Central Television, the government-run TV and propaganda station of the Chinese Communist Party. In terms of open circuits (as opposed to closed circuit television), the CCTV.com website for China Central Television will be providing live video of the Olympics streamed over the Web.

China’s CCTV website

China Central Television, incidentally, is building a massive new headquarters which is scheduled to open next year. You can bet they'll have CCTV (as we know it; surveilance cameras instead of broadcast cameras) as part of their security measures.

-Geoff