采访/易如 编辑/宋风 后制/陈建铭
Liu Yunshan Involved in CCTV Corruption Case
Taiwan media recently reported Chai Zhiping, TV producer,
and Xu Jiasen, film and television company manager,
were involved in CCTV corruption cases.
Reports state they were suspected of bribing
Jiang Qinlin former chairman of NPCC
and Liu Yunshan, former minister
Central Propaganda Department,
and current Standing Committee member.
Hong Kong “Apple Daily” quoted breaking news from Taiwan
“Storm Media Group” that Beijing authorities talked to
Chai Zhiping and Xu Jiasen earlier.
It’s about how they sold the TV series “Yi Nan Wang” to CCTV.
The report said, Chai Zhiping sold the first 400 episodes to CCTV.
Later Xu Jiasen sold the second 400 through Liu Yunshan’s son.
Chai and Xu bought the TV series for 3,000 dollars per episode
from FTV, and then sold them for 6,000 dollars per episode.
Yet, CCTV paid 18,000 dollars per episode.
Nobody knows where the 15,000 dollar price difference went.
“Apple Daily” reports that CCTV is very strict with overseas
Usually, it only broadcasts TV series with less than 60 episodes.
However, “Yi Nan Wang” has 800 episodes,
and also has the Taiwan “Green Camp” background.
It’s said that, Chai and Xu sold out the TV series
with the help of Jiang Qinglin’s relatives.
Then Jia persuaded top officials in the name of “unification”.
In the end, the Central Propaganda Department,
headed by Liu Yunshan, approved it as a special case.
Hua Po, an observer of Beijing current politics,
“In this system, the power of top officials is not restrained.
Therefore, they can make profit by abusing their power.
It’s pretty common. Most exposed cases are like this in China.”
Ye Kuangzheng, culture commentator, stated that TV stations
have been managed in the same way as governmentstructures
to control ideology. However, financially, it’s market-oriented,
especially for TV series. In the past, the supervision in this area
of the market has been loose.
Ye Kangzheng: “In China, when selling or buying TV series,
it’s very common to pay commission or kickbacks.
It’s just not been investigated before. ”
If nobody ever investigates this area,
why is the case “Yi Nan Wang” exposed again?
CCTV broadcast 526 episodes of “Yi Nan Wang” in 2007 and
2009. Xu Jiasen and Chai Zhiping were both suddenly restrained
from traveling overseas this July,
when CCTV was struggling in the whirlpool of “anti-corruption”.
Quite a lot of CCTV staff were arrested or investigated.
Hua Po said that even if this case involved Jiang Qinglin,
Jia has already surrendered to Xi Jinping.
Jia is only thinking about how to enjoy his remaining years.
However, Liu Yushan doesn’t cooperate with Xi.
Therefore, all the CCTV corruption scandals and
personnel upsets are aiming at Liu Yunshan.
Hua Po: “Let’s see how it ends up at the fourth Plenary Session.
‘Yi Nan Wang’ might be the last straw that crushes the camel.
It also could be Xi’s warning to Liu.
Let him know that his butt’s not clean, so he’d better behave well. ”
It’s said that Liu Yunshan monopolized party propaganda
since Xi took office. For example, on Sep 5, Xi’s speech
at the 60th anniversary of People’s Congress,
was censored by the Central Propaganda Department.
Xi’s key words “Manage the country according to the Constitution”
and “Manage the government according to the Constitution”
A year ago, someone from the party’s General Office
published an article entitled
“Liu Yunshan Won’t Know How He Will Die”.
The article warned Liu about his recklessly distorting
of Xi’s speeches and his family’s corruption.
“Sina.com US” also quoted articles saying that Wang Wishan’s
anti-corruption movement already aims at Liu Yunshan now.
Wang started the investigation on the official circles in Neimenggu,
where Liu initially rose up, and then moved to CCTV.
Wang aims to “peel” Liu layer by layer.
This methodology applied to Liu Yunshan is very similar to
that applied to Zhou Yongkang.
Interview/Yi Ru Edit/Song Feng Post-Production/Cen Jianmin