China Global Television Network – the Chinese Communist Party’s go-to propaganda machine which has repeatedly breached the United Kingdom’s media regulator’s impartiality standards – employs several former British Broadcasting Corporation correspondents and anchors, The National Pulse can reveal.
This follows The National Pulse exposing a similar relationship between the Chinese state media operation and U.S. establishment outlet CNN.
The British government’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), responsible for regulating the country’s broadcast media, ruled that the China Global Television Network (CGTN) breached impartiality standards with its coverage of Hong Kong protests on five occasions in “a serious failure of compliance.” Ofcom is deciding whether fining or revoking the outlet’s broadcasting license is the proper recourse, and many have championed the latter.
CGTN’s international disinformation campaign – which has resulted in the airing of forced confessions by British nationals – aligns with President Xi Jinping’s 2016 decree that “wherever the readers are, wherever the viewers are, that is where propaganda reports must extend their tentacles.”
Despite this, there’s an apparent door between CGTN and the taxpayer-funded BBC: former employees are now helping to create and amplify content for an outlet whose raison dêtre is to extol the CCP.
Paulo Cabral used to cover Brazil for the BBC but now covers the same beat for CGTN.
The outlet touts his credentials in his bio:
Cabral has even appeared alongside high-ranking CCP officials to slam President Trump’s tariffs as damaging the global economy.
Dan Collyns’s BBC credentials are also apparent in his CGTN bio:
Collyns has produced and anchored segments including “China supports Latin America in COVID-19 fight,” hailing the CCP’s “mask diplomacy” as altruistic and ignoring the country’s weaponization of the crisis to boost its public image and establish inroads in foreign countries.
Collyns echoes the CCP’s crusade to replace the U.S. in global standing: “As U.S. halts funding to the World Health Organization and cuts support for the pan-American health organization, the region is turning to a more reliable partner during this pandemic: China.”
Collyns’s segments have also included “Peru turns to China for fruit and vegetable exports.”
Another BBC turned CGTN staffer is Tony Cheng, whose bio notes he’s “an International Correspondent based in Bangkok, who worked previously for the BBC.” When covering the novel coronavirus pandemic – spawned and spread by the CCP – he noted that people were “nervous” after seeing “everything that’s happened in the United States and Europe,” failing to mention China entirely.
CGTN has been identified as a “long-standing weapon in Beijing’s arsenal of repression” whose raison d’être is “to attack designated enemies of the Communist Party,” chiefly the west. Headquartered in Beijing, funded by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and controlled by the regime’s Publicity Department, the outlet is inundated with undeservedly pro-China propaganda.