Zhu Guangquan

Fol­low­ers: 1,038,376 by Au­gust 14

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As an an­chor on China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion (CCTV), the State broad­caster which is known for its solemn and poker-faced style, Zhu Guangquan stands out for his hu­mor. He was nick­named “CCTV'S pun­ster” last win­ter when he broad­cast the weather, de­scrib­ing it as be­ing so cold that peo­ple re­garded any place out­side their warm bed as a “re­mote bor­der­land.” Later he amused au­di­ences by telling them that CCTV would keep go­ing dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val. “We'll never rest even if the earth ex­plodes,” he joked. More re­cently, he has at­tracted at­ten­tion for his col­or­ful de­scrip­tions of the swel­ter­ing sum­mer China has been en­dur­ing. He also ex­tends his comic per­sona to his per­sonal mi­croblog on Sina China. As au­di­ences, es­pe­cially younger view­ers, of­ten com­plain that CCTV news is too dull, Zhu is pop­u­lar for his de­par­ture from the main­stream. Fol­low­ers say they ad­mire Zhu's calm and re­laxed pres­ence on air, which is harder to achieve than keep­ing a straight face.

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