China Global Television Network

China Global Television Network (CGTN)
Type Television network
Branding CGTN
Availability Global
Slogan See the difference.
Headquarters CCTV Headquarters, Beijing
Owner China Central Television
Launch date
December 31, 2016 (2016-12-31T0Z)
Official website

China Global Television Network (CGTN; Chinese: 中国国际电视台; pinyin: Zhōngguó guójì diànshìtái or Chinese: 中国环球电视网; pinyin: Zhōngguó Huánqiú Diànshì Wǎng[1]), formerly CCTV International, is a group of six international multi-language television channels owned and operated by China Central Television (CCTV).[2] All six non-Chinese language television channels under CCTV International were simultaneously relaunched at 4:00 am GMT (midday BJT), on 31 December 2016 to bear the CGTN name.[3] CCTV-4, the international channel in Mandarin Chinese, is not a part of this rebranding.


Name Language Launch Date Previous Name
CGTN English 20 September 1997
  • CCTV-9
  • CCTV News
CGTN Español Spanish 1 October 2007[4]
  • CCTV-E
  • CCTV Español
CGTN Français French 1 October 2007[4]
  • CCTV-F
  • CCTV Français
CGTN العربية Arabic 25 July 2009 CCTV العربية
CGTN Русский Russian 10 September 2009 CCTV Русский
CGTN Documentary English 1 January 2011 CCTV-9 Documentary


  1. 习近平致信祝贺中国国际电视台(中国环球电视网)开播. Xinhua. 2016-12-31.
  2. "CGTN-About Us". CGTN homepage. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  3. "CCTV to launch CGTN". CCTV America. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  4. 1 2 Split from CCTV-E&F.
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