Satcaster flies over Great Wall

Multilingual programs began service Feb. 1

BEIJING – China has launched an 11-channel satellite package called the Great Wall of China with a footprint over most of north and southeast Asia.

Programs in Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Min dialect, prevalent in Taiwan and Fujian province, began service Feb. 1.

Although Li Jian, president of China Intl. Corp., says the service is designed to “meet the growing demand of overseas Chinese for Chinese-language programs,” the channels included, namely CCTV-4 and CCTV-9, are specifically for international consumption.

The service, which covers North America and parts of Asia on separate satellites, also will be rolled out to Europe, Africa and Oceania, but Li hasn’t said when.

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