CRI Marks China's First English Radio Show
   2011-11-25 14:11:17    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fuyu

Xia Jixuan, deputy director-general of China Radio International, addresses the ceremony to mark China's first English radio show at Shahe village in Shexian County of north China's Hebei province on Friday, November 25, 2011. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Zhang Xu]

By Zhang Xu

China Radio International (CRI) held a ceremony on Friday to mark China's first English radio broadcast at Shexian County of north China's Hebei province, as part of CRI's activities marking its 70th anniversary.

During the War of Liberation (1946-1949), the Central Committee of Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) moved the Xinhua Radio Broadcast Station in March of 1947 from Yan'an of northwestern China's Shaanxi Province to Shahe village in Shexian County. To present the true picture of the Chinese people's struggles for freedom at that time, on September 11, 1947, the Shanbei Xinhua Radio Broadcast Station launched its first English language program, the predecessor of CRI's English service. This marked the beginning of China's English broadcasting to overseas listeners.

"The English broadcasting service showcased the new China's birth and growth." Xia Jixuan, deputy director-general of China Radio International, said during the ceremony," It made outstanding contributions in regards to introducing China to the world, covering world news, as well as enhancing understanding and friendship between Chinese people and people from around the world."

Xia also stressed that the history of English broadcasting would inspire CRI employees to do more in an effort to build a modern, comprehensive and innovative international media group.

As China's only state-owned overseas broadcaster, CRI was founded on December 3, 1941. It currently boasts the highest number of language services among international media around the globe. CRI disseminates information in 61 languages via a wide range of means, including radio, television, newspapers, internet and mobile phones.

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