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State-Owned Chinese Broadcaster to Open U.S. Studio (Report)

CCTV will look to push further into the U.S. market

China Central Television, the country’s state-owned broadcaster, is opening a new hub in Washington, D.C., from which it will broadcast its English language TV service, according to the Financial Times.

CCTV, which produces news shows widely viewed as government propaganda, expects to begin broadcasting from a D.C. studio by the middle of 2012 and produce up to six hours of original programming a day.

The channel is presently available in select U.S. homes from areas with large Chinese populations through cable and satellite providers.

CCTV has already built a studio in Nairobi for its English language channel to reach Africa.

In addition to its Chinese and English businesses, it  also offers channels in Arabic, French and Russian.