Phoenix Television

Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Limited
Television network
Satellite television
Cable television
Traded as (SEHK: 2008)
Industry Broadcasting and Cable TV
Founded 1996
Headquarters Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Key people
Liu Changle (Chairman and chief executive officer),
Chui Keung (Deputy chief executive officer, Chief Compliance Officer),
Liu Shuang (Chief Operating Officer of Phoenix Satellite TV, CEO of Phoenix New Media)
Products Television content, Television programming
Revenue HK$1,530.505m (2009)[1]
HK$325.11m (2009)[1]
HK$299.746m (2009)[1]
Parent 21st Century Fox[2]
Phoenix Chinese Channel
Launched 31 March 1996
Owned by Phoenix Television
Country Hong Kong
Broadcast area Asia region
Sister channel(s) Phoenix InfoNews Channel
Phoenix Chinese News and Entertainment Channel
Phoenix North America Chinese Channel
Phoenix Movies Channel
Phoenix Hong Kong Channel
Astro (Malaysia) Channel 312 (SD)
Channel 18 (HD 800/77/99)
Channel 69 (C01/C02)
Channel 164 (starting April 1, 2017)
Channel 382 (HD)
Channel 251
Sky Cable (Philippines) Channel 90 (Phoenix Chinese Channel), Channel 89 (Phoenix InfoNews Channel)
Destiny Cable (Philippines) 90 (Phoenix Chinese Channel), Channel 89 (Phoenix InfoNews Channel)
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 203 (Phoenix Chinese Channel), Channel 202 (Phoenix InfoNews Channel)
TrueVisions (Thailand) Channel 779 (Phoennix InfoNews Channel)
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 805 (HD)
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Channel 376
Macau Cable TV (Macau) Channel 14 (HD)
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 250
MediaNet (Maldives) Channel 183
Now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 548
Phoenix Chinese Channel
Traditional Chinese 鳳凰衛視中文台
Simplified Chinese 凤凰卫视中文台
Hanyu Pinyin Fènghuáng Wèishì Zhōngwén Tái
Phoenix Television
Traditional Chinese 鳳凰衛視
Simplified Chinese 凤凰卫视

Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Ltd or Phoenix Television is a Hong Kong–based, Cayman Islands registered Cantonese and Mandarin-language television broadcaster that serves the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong along with other markets with substantial Chinese viewers. It has six different television channels, including Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel, Phoenix Movies Channel, and Phoenix Hong Kong Channel. Phoenix Television provides news, information, and entertainment programmes.

The Group’s Chinese Channel, InfoNews Channel, European Channel, American Channel, Movie Channel and Hong Kong Channel,carried on AsiaSat 7, China Sat-6B, EUROBIRD, Telsat-12, Directv, Echostar, G3-C, SATMEX-6, Bell ExpressVU and other broadcasting platforms, have achieved global coverage, with almost 60 news bureaus and production teams located worldwide. Phoenix is one of the few private broadcasters permitted to broadcast in mainland China.

The company's head office is located in Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong and it also has correspondents offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. The Shenzhen office is said to be responsible for one half of the TV programs' production.[3]


Phoenix started Phoenix Chinese Channel on 31 March 1996.

Phoenix Chinese Channel, Phoenix Movies Channel and Phoenix InfoNews Channel are broadcasting via cable in Hong Kong and via satellite to Taiwan, mainland China and other regions globally.

The Phoenix InfoNews Channel was established on 1 January 2001. It was the first Chinese-language channel that covered news from the regions of Greater China, including mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. There is 24-hour broadcasting on financial news, stock market information as well as news headlines worldwide. In addition, it provides comments and analysis prepared by analysts on current issues and topics.

In January 2003, the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Films and Television (SARFT) granted landing rights (落地權) to Phoenix InfoNews Channel, making it one of the few non-government owned television broadcasters in mainland China.

The Phoenix CNE channel was founded to broadcast in Europe, and the Phoenix North America Chinese Channel established to broadcast in the Americas. In 2005 California-based broadcast and engineering director Tai Wang Mak was arrested for conspiring with his brother, Chi Mak, to act as an intelligence agent for China. A 10-year prison sentence was announced in 2008.[4][5]

On 28 March 2011 Phoenix Television launched its brand-new Phoenix Hong Kong Channel broadcasting exclusively in Cantonese.[6]

In 2011, Phoenix New Media formed a partnership with the British Broadcasting Corporation to offer BBC programming on Phoenix's digital media platforms. This was followed by a similar partnership with the National Film Board of Canada in 2012, in which 130 NFB animated shorts and documentary films will be offered digitally in China.[7]


Phoenix TV operates the following channels:

  1. Phoenix Chinese Channel, launched on 31 March 1996, one of the long-term foreign broadcasters in China
    • Phoenix Chinese Channel Australia Edition, launched on August 1999
    • Phoenix Chinese Channel Japan Edition, launched on September 2009
  2. Phoenix Movies Channel, launched on 28 August 1998. It is now an encrypted pay-television service in China and worldwide.
  3. Phoenix InfoNews Channel, launched on 1 January 2001, a 24-hour news channel.
  4. Phoenix North America Chinese Channel, launched on 1 January 2001, which now broadcasts on both EchoStar and DirectTV satellite systems and shares the same programming with "Phoenix Chinese News and Entertainment Channel" (Phoenix CNE Channel).
  5. Phoenix Chinese News and Entertainment Channel (also known as Phoenix CNE Channel), launched on August 1, 1999, which is now a 24-hour channel based in London and broadcasting via satellite Eurobird 1 across Europe.
  6. Phoenix Hong Kong Channel, launched on 28 March 2011, a Cantonese channel.


Phoenix features a mix of programmes, ranging from political and economic news and current affairs through talk shows, film and music reviews to movies, and mini series in both Chinese and foreign origins.

Since 1 September 2001, Phoenix Television has been broadcasting a range of United Nations television programming including 57 episodes of "UN in Action", 39 episodes of "World Chronicle", and also some awarded-winning documentaries. Phoenix is co-operating with the United Nations to produce more programmes.

The service of Phoenix is extended to WAP, which facilitates news messages transferred through the mobile technology (SMS and MMS). The service is charged.



Long positions of substantial Shareholders in the ordinary Shares of the Company(31 December 2016)

Today’s Asia Limited 1,854,000,000 37.07%

Extra Step Investments Limited 983,000,000 19.66%

TPG China Media, L.P. 607,000,000 12.14%


Liu Changle (劉長樂), the CEO and founder of Phoenix TV, was a journalist for the Communist-party controlled Central People's Broadcasting Station after the Cultural Revolution and had become one of China's richest men by the 1990s, being well-connected to the Beijing leadership.[8]

Mr. Shuang Liu (刘爽), assumed the position of COO of Phoenix TV on 17 February 2014. He continues to be the CEO of Phoenix New Media Limited (NYSE: FENG), a new media company in China.[9]

Key staff

Mandarin news anchors

Phoenix Television features many well-known news anchors and talk show hosts. Most of them are degree holders in communications or language studies. Most are bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English.

Some of their key news presenters are:

  • Angela Chow (周瑛琦)
  • Anthony Yuen (阮次山): Yuen is editor-in-chief and current affairs anchor of Phoenix Television.
  • Celia Li (李源), MC for Miss Chinese Cosmos European Pageant finals hosts news programmes 'Europe Today', 'FT Weekly' and 'EuroChina Business Report'. Based in London, she regularly interviews world political and business leaders.
  • Chen Luyu (陈鲁豫): Luyu hosts a popular talk show A Date With Luyu and is likened to an "Oriental Oprah".
  • Chen Xiaonan (陳曉楠)
  • Huang Haibo (黃海波)
  • Dou Wentao (竇文濤), born 21 August 1967, in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, is famous for his weekday talk show Behind the Headlines with Wentao (锵锵三人行).
  • Hu I-Hu (Tiger Hu) (胡一虎): Hu has interviewed the South African ex-President Nelson Mandela. He has been "the most popular reporter in Taiwan" for 5 years.
  • Liu Hai-Jo (劉海若): Liu was traumatically injured in a railway accident in the United Kingdom in 2002 and later woke from a coma at Beijing People's Hospital. The channel has broadcast updates on her recovery.
  • Luqiu Luwei (閭丘露薇): Luqiu was the first Chinese female reporter who went to Iraq during the Iraq war. Luqiu's contributions on reporting the Iraq war and SARS have been praised by PRC Chairman Hu Jintao.
  • Shen Xing (沈星)
  • Wu Hsiao-Li (Sally Wu) (吳小莉): Former PRC prime minister Zhu Rongji has said that he watched her news broadcast daily.
  • Xu Gehui (許戈輝)
  • Yang Shu (Susie Yang) (杨舒)
  • Yuchi Lingjia (尉遲琳嘉)
  • Zeng Zimo (曾子墨)
  • Mengru Zhao (赵梦如)

Cantonese news anchors

  • Jo Ngai Yi-shan (魏綺珊)
  • Toni Wong Shan (黃珊)
  • Vienna Cheuk Lai-man (卓麗雯)


  1. 1 2 3 "Annual Results Announcement for the Year Ended 31 December 2009" (Press release). Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Limited. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  2. "What does Rupert Murdoch own? A little bit of everything". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. "Half of Phoenix Television programs are produced in Shenzhen" (in Chinese). 26 March 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  4. Bill Gertz (18 September 2006),ENEMIES The Washington Times
  5. Josh Gerstein (22 April 2008), Chinese Spy Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison The New York Sun
  6. 凤凰卫视将开播香港台 以广东话进行广播
  7. Kushigemachi, Todd (12 June 2012). "Canucks find first TV niche in China". Variety. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  8. Philip Pan (19 September 2005), Making Waves, Carefully, on the Air in China The Washington Post
  9. "凤凰新媒体 Phoenix New Media - Investor Relations - Company News". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
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