Chinese telly channel launches this Sunday
A new 24-hour Chinese television channel with locally-produced content starts broadcasting on March 19.
Asia Pacific News Corporation launched its New Chinese Television Channel (NCTV) in Auckland on Tuesday. It will screen on Freeview Channel 32.
NCTV says it will broadcast news and entertainment programmes for New Zealand’s Chinese community, with a second but important audience being Chinese tourists, as well as Kiwis and Asian Kiwis interested in Chinese culture.
It will also feature locallyproduced English language programmes and domestic con- tent with English and Chinese subtitles.
Aucklander James Sun looks forward to the launch, saying: ‘‘There are endless possibilities because we finally have a New Zealand Chinese channel, not a channel from China.’’
Asia Pacific News Corporation president Frank Peng says the primary aim of NCTV is to build a bridge between NZ and China.
‘‘There’s a considerable appetite amongst the Chinese community for high-quality television programmes that speaks to their interests and experiences in New Zealand.’’
In the 2013 census there were 170,000 Chinese living in Auckland, the largest of any Asian ethnic group.
Sergeant Brett Meale encourages locals to observe and support the police’s annual Pay Parade next Friday morning in Howick.
Frank Peng, president of NCTV, introducing the new channel this week.