Description: CCTV-4 中文国际 (Chinese: 中国中央电视台中文国际频道; pinyin: Zhong Guo Zhong Yang Dian Shi Tai Zhong Wen Guo Ji Pin Dao) is a 24-hour Chinese international channel. It is one of six China Central Television channels that broadcasts outside of the People’s Republic of China.This channel contains a variety of programs including documentaries, music, news, drama series, sports and children shows for the People’s Republic of China, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Republic of China.
History: CCTV-4 was officially launched by President Yang Shangkun at President Palace of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing in 1992. It started as a six hour Chinese international channel.The programming of CCTV-4 consist of a mixture of English and Chinese programming. English broadcasting stopped with the introduction of the English language channel CCTV-9 in September 2000.
In 1994 the channel expanded to twelve hours and in 1998 it expanded to eighteen hours.
Recently, the European feed has started to air certain shows with English subtitles.