China Central Television or Chinese Central Television, commonly abbreviated as CCTV, is the predominant state television broadcaster in mainland China. CCTV has a network of 22 channels broadcasting different programmes and is accessible to more than one billion viewers. Most of its programmes are a mixture of documentary, comedy, entertainment, and drama, the majority of which consists of Chinese soap operas and entertainment.
China Central Television falls under the supervision of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television which is in turn subordinate to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. A Vice Minister of the state council serves as chairman of CCTV. The organisation has relationships with regional television stations run by local governments, which must reserve up to two channels for the national broadcaster.
The organization is considered one of the “big three” media outlets in China, along with the People’s Daily and Xinhua.
CCTV-2 Finance and Business (formerly Economy & Life until 24 August 2009)
CCTV-3 Arts and Entertainment (literally Variety show)
CCTV-4 International (in Chinese, 3 channels: Asia, America, and Europe)
CCTV-7 Military and Agriculture
CCTV-8 TV series
CCTV-9 Documentary (2 channels: Chinese and International)
CCTV-10 Science and Education
CCTV-11 Chinese Opera
CCTV-12 Society and Law
CCTV-15 Music (Pop music programs broadcast in the CCTV-3)
CCTV-NEWS International (in English; formerly CCTV-9)
CCTV-Français International (in French)
CCTV-Español International (in Spanish)
CCTV-العربية International (in Arabic)
CCTV-Русский International (in Russian)