Chongqing Broadcasting Group

Chongqing Broadcasting Group
Type Broadcast
Country China
Availability Chongqing and Sichuan, People's Republic of China
Official website

Chongqing Broadcasting Group (CBG; (Chinese: 重庆广播电视集团; pinyin: Chóngqìng Guǎngbō Diànshì Jítuán) is a television broadcaster based in Chongqing, China. Its main channel, CTV (formerly CQTV) is carried on cable systems in urban areas throughout mainland China and is available nationwide on both analogue and digital satellites.

List of CBG channels

CBG talent show controversy

On 15 August 2007, a CBG talent show was suspended following criticism from the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). The show, titled First Heartthrob[1] (Chinese: 第一次心动; pinyin: dìyīcì xīndòng) was condemned for "stunts and sensationalism".[2] CQTV has been ordered to take disciplinary measures against relevant staff. The programme is one of many idol-style shows carried on Chinese provincial stations, in an attempt to emulate the success of Super Girl. This particular show also includes elements of reality television programmes like Big Brother.[3]

According to Chinese media reports, programme director Zhou Zhishun claimed that the suspension was due to an incident on Friday 12 August, when contestant-judges clashes resulted in tears.[4] He is reported to have said, "This sudden event caused a loss of control on the set, and hence the restructuring was requested by SARFT."[5] There may also be a political element: the Administration urged other broadcasters to "voluntarily abide by political discipline and propaganda discipline", and the AP news agency linked this with the upcoming 17th Party Congress.[6]

SARFT's action has received praise from some Chinese commentators.[7] Chang Ping, an editor in the popular Southern Metropolis Daily, wrote "After Chongqing TV's First Heartthrob (第一次心动), similar programs Guangdong TV's Date With Beauty (美丽新约) and Shenzhen TV's Super Date (超级情感对对碰) were ordered to stop broadcasting. In the eyes of viewers, they all share one quality: vulgarity... [SARFT] has won wide acclaim. According to the results of a survey by China Youth Daily's survey center, 96.4% of those respondents who were aware of what First Heartthrob was cast their vote in support of SARFT's action." [8]


  1. The title is difficult to translate into English. AP offers The First Time I Was Touched, Danwei prefers First Heartbeat or even Shock to the Heart.
  2. Martinsen, Joel (2007-08-16). "Talent show pulled off the air by SARFT". Danwei:Chinese media, advertising, and urban life. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
  3. Lee, Min (2007-08-16). "Chinese Gov't Wary of TV Talent Shows". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-09-06..
  4. "Report: Chinese broadcasting authorities kill talent show". Associated Press. 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-08-17..
  5. Martinsen, Joel (2007-08-16). "Talent show pulled off the air by SARFT". Danwei:Chinese media, advertising, and urban life. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
  6. "Report: Chinese broadcasting authorities kill talent show". International Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-17..
  7. Lee, op.cit.
  8. Quoted in Martinsen, Joel (2007-09-03). "No space for quality cinema". Danwei:Chinese media, advertising, and urban life. Retrieved 2007-09-06.

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