CCTV Vice President Luo Ming
In 1990, the 11th Asian Games were held in Beijing, and in 2010, the 16th will be held in Guangzhou. In twenty years, from north to south, everything has changed.
During these twenty years, we have exchanged time for space.
Our economic space has been expanding in these years. Twenty years ago, Beijing’s GDP was 50 billion, Guangdong’s GDP 147.1 billion, and national GDP 1,866.8 billion; twenty years later, Beijing’s GDP is 1,186.5 billion, Guangdong’s GDP 3,908.1 billion, and national GDP 34,050.7 billion. The national GDP is 17 times higher than before, while that of Beijing and Guangzhou has increased 22 times and 25 times respectively. Twenty years ago, Chinese ventures rarely, if ever, made the Fortune 500 list, while twenty years later, 54 have appeared there and three of them even rank among the top 10. China has become the world's third largest economy.
During these twenty years, our technology space has been continuously expanding. In 1999, Shenzhou Ⅰ Unmanned Spacecraft made its first trip into outer space; in 2003, Shenzhou Ⅴ made the first manned space flight; in 2005, Shenzhou Ⅵ made another tour of outer space; in 2008, Zhai Zhigang took the first step in outer space by riding Shenzhou Ⅶ. Chinese technology business is making a steady progress, expanding China's scientific turf from the earth into outer space.
Twenty years ago, the 11th Asian Games were held in Beijing, which were the first international integrated race held by new China and we were the champion. Ten years ago, in the Sydney Olympic Games, China ranked among top three for the first time on the gold medal list. Two years ago, in the Beijing Olympic Games, China was the country winning the most gold medals, ushering in a new page of China’s sports cause. And today, the 16th Asian Games are fast approaching.
Twenty years from Asian Games to Asian Games
Twenty years ago, CCTV for the first time broadcast Asian Games at home. Twenty years later, we will do that again. Twenty years is just a short interval in the long river of history, but it is long enough for a great and thoroughgoing change taking place in CCTV. More channels have been opened, more programs have been made, and brands on the screen become more well-known.
This year is the year for brand building, image building and international transmission capacity building, and is the year for big sports events such as Winter Olympic, World Cup and Asian Games. The World Cup has just finished, and the Asian Games are approaching. As the exclusive rights-holding broadcaster of the Guangzhou Asian Games on the Chinese Mainland, We will invest in four open-circuit channels, three digital pay channels, and China Network Television for a full coverage of 42 sports, 56 disciplines and 476 events to billions of audience around the world.