The past few weeks SCOLA fans have been learning a lot about our Country of the Month, China. But you may be wondering where all this information is coming from! Years ago SCOLA formed a business relationship with China Yellow River TV, a television station in China. Many employees at CYRTV have contributed to the material we have shared with you for our Country of the Month. Today, a CYRTV employee wants to share with you the history behind the relationship between SCOLA and CYRTV.
Founded in 1991, CYRTV(China Yellow River TV) is run by Shanxi Radio and TV with the support of more than 180 other TV stations around China. Their media specializes in Chinese language and the promotion of Chinese culture. CYRTV has material on TV, radio, magazines and news media. Its headquarters are in Taiyuan, Shanxi. As business expands, the CYRTV Beijing base is laying foundations for further development.
On August 23rd, CYRTV began to broadcast Chinese TV programs via SCOLA to North America. Now there are three Channels broadcasting Chinese TV programs. The Confucius Institute (China) Channel on SCOLA Channel Three broadcasts 24 hours of Chinese language teaching and cultural programs. SCOLA Channel Four plays one hour of Chinese programming per day, including news and information programs, as well as documentaries about China. SCOLA Channel Seven plays two hours of Chinese programming per day about culture, Chinese education, travel, scenic places in China, literature, history, and much more. All the programs are uploaded to SCOLA for online users to view live or download.
Together CYRTV and SCOLA run Chinese radio broadcasts launched on December 18th, 2008. SCOLA Chinese Radio currently broadcasts two hours of radio programs on entertainment, education and culture. Tune in online!
Throughout the years CYRTV and SCOLA have formed a good friendship. In 1994, CYRTV began sending work teams to the U.S. About 50 experts and reporters went to SCOLA to work for a year.
The Chinese team was responsible for producing daily Chinese news program and giving lessons to local schools. During their stay, they enjoyed work with their American colleagues and formed friendships with local people. The dedication of the following people has strengthened the relationship between CYRTV and SCOLA:
1994: Jia Bin, Yang Hong, Zhang Xiao Ling and Liang Bo.
1995: He Xiaoyan, Liu Kerui, Guo Hai and Yu Baolin.
1996: Ling Li, Tian Jinhu, Hu Yao Ping and Tan Jun
1997: Zhao Yaqin, Hong Wei, Yuan Qinghong and Li Jia.
1998: Bai Xiao Dong, Li Jing, Ma Jia, Liu Zhi Lan, Wu Sai Ping, Yin Chun Jing, Wang Bao Hui and Chen Li Xia.
1999: Bai Xu Ming, Shen Yan, Zhang Hua, Liu Hua and Wu Xing Ming.
2000-2001: Hu Xin Ling, Cai Shu Rong, Li Zhi Hua, Yin Y Mao and Jiang Wei Dong.
2003-2005: LiLi, Deng Yuen, Dong Lili, Fan Tai Yu, Ren Xiao Bing and Xue Bing Bing.
2006-2007: Cai Xiao Ming and Chang Hong.
The 78 people that make up the CYRTV staff, are a harmonious and warm family. They are proud and happy to reach so many people around the world via their SCOLA broadcasts. They love to teach Americans about China, and teaching Chinese is their mutual mission. They will continue to do their best to strengthen the collaboration and friendship to make the world a better place.
Along with material for the Country of the Month, CYRTV has also been crucial to the Chinese language and culture resources we share with our subscribers on www.scola.org. Contact us today for your free trial and see how SCOLA and CYRTV can help you with your language learning goals.