Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published July 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM | Page modified July 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

  • Share:
             
  • Comments
  • Print

Popular Chinese TV journalist taken away by prosecutors

The sudden removal of celebrity journalist Rui Chenggang came less than two months after his boss at China’s state broadcaster was detained on suspicion of taking bribes.


The Associated Press

advertising

BEIJING — A top business journalist at China’s state broadcaster was taken away by prosecutors, abruptly absent from his nightly newscast he was anchoring, China’s financial news magazine Caixin reported Saturday.

The sudden removal of celebrity journalist Rui Chenggang came less than two months after his boss was detained on suspicion of taking bribes during an investigation into high-level corruption at China’s biggest state-run network.

Quoting an unnamed insider, Caixin.com said on its website that prosecutors took Rui away directly from the workplace without notifying the news program. Caixin said Rui had been scheduled to appear on the nightly newscast Friday, and his absence was conspicuous, as a second microphone remained on the set. The show is usually anchored by two people.

In May, CCTV’s financial-news director Guo Zhenxi was detained. A few months earlier, a corruption investigation targeted a former CCTV vice president.

Rui has interviewed many world leaders and business magnates and is known for his nationalistic streak. He has more than 10 million followers on his Twitter-like microblog page.

In 2007, he protested the presence of a Starbucks shop at Beijing’s Forbidden City and helped start a grass-roots movement that eventually kicked the U.S. brand out of the historic site.

He raised eyebrows in 2010 when he claimed he could represent “the entire Asia” at a news conference for President Obama.

Rui is believed to be close to Guo. In a 2009 profile of Rui in The New York Times, Guo praised Rui as “our star anchor” and said his newscast was, for the first time, “examining the health of the nation with a television program.”



Want unlimited access to seattletimes.com? Subscribe now!

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►