Cucqueans can now be added to the list of groups of people who have disrupted affairs within Chinese state television with their grievances. But what does it say when those doing the disrupting are themselves high-profile Chinese state television personalities?
Friday was meant to be a big day for China's main sports channel CCTV-5, with a lavish ceremony attended by top station executives held to celebrate its official change of name to The Olympics Channel. It got a bit bigger when a visibly upset Hu Ziwei, the wife of top CCTV-5 announcer and sports news dept. head Zhang Bin—about to introduce Olympic ping pong player Wang Nan—suddenly appeared on stage and grabbed the microphone, accusing Zhang of having had an affair, as well as of smearing the name of both China and next year's summer Olympics. Hu herself is a host of an Olympics-themed program at BeijingTV.
Someone present inevitably got out their cellphone, and six hours after the video was uploaded to video sharing website Tudou, over 20 pages of comments had poured in. Sina was quick to delete the clip, but a copy has been placed on YouTube. The Tudou user has provided a caption of what Hu said:
Hu: ….but there came a day, when I wasn't just a television announcer, but the (sob) wife of the man standing next to me, Mr. Zhang Bin. I just want to take…… (cut off) one minute of everyone's time! I'll just take one minute of your time! Let go. (she grabs the podium)
Hu: Today is a special day for The Olympic Channel, and it's a special day for Mr. Zhang Bin, and for me, it's a special day too. Because just two hours ago, I found out that besides me, Mr. Zhang Bin has been maintaining an improper relationship with another woman [the vlogger cuts in: the relationship with you is improper too?]
Hu: Next year is an Olympics year, and all people all over the world will be watching China. But, but it was a French foreign diplomat who said: If the Chinese people's values don't….(someone off-screen says: please don't take any pictures)…then what significance will any of it been? What will have been the point? (Many people now try to drag her off) Is that how you treat a weak woman?
Hu: (Still struggling) I just want to say one last thing—can we please keep our demeanor here?—that French foreign diplomat also said: until China is able to start exporting its values, it won't be able to become a great power. For us to be faced with such prim and proper……yet Zhang Bin can't even be brought to face his own……at a time when he won't even face his hurt wife. I think China, as a……to succeed as a great power……don't any of you have any conscience at all?! You let me go! We're so far from being a great country.
Hu: Today might be the last Sunday. Tomorrow everyone will go on a nice, long……vacation. But there's no way Zhang Bin and I will.
Off-screen: Is this necessary?
Hu: I'm very sorry, I'm…..too. But I know……(unclear).
Zhang Bin: Sorry, everyone.
Gossip over the personal relationships of prominent Chinese television announcers has always been a hot topic [zh] on the Chinese blogsphere, and this has been no exception; mentioned in several places is speculation that Zhang had divorced his previous wife to be with Hu, who some are alleging was quite active in pursuing a relationship with him at that time, that she attacked Zhang's ex-wife at one point, and there's even speculation on who his newest lover is. Neither Hu nor Zhang have mentioned this on their blogs.
Zhang, in fact, hasn't updated his since it opened in March this year. Zhang's new blog.
On a thread at the PCHome BBS, readers write:
Luo Yonghao was right about all of them; it's not a problem of ability, it's a problem with the politics.
If the people above think you've got the right politics, then you can move up.
Anonymous readers at a Movivi post have written:
Sae at Douban writes:
Then by ‘Dreams Come True':
The people “up there” had their lungs blast out when they heard this line.
They've spent so much money, on the Olympics, on the “China Rises” television series, and they made this woman, a renowned television announcer in the capital, to say something so direct, and in a CCTV venue especially on the Olympics.
Comments on the Tudou clip are more toothed:
And coming now in English on YouTube:
She said in the beginning that she didn't do it as a TV presenter. Even if she did, what's wrong with that? There is nothing in this world totally professional. We are humans with feelings, not robots. It requires a lot of courage for a woman to stand in front of a press conference of a national TV and speak out like that. I would cheer for her. And honestly, she did it very good!
I support this lady and I think that's only way people would pay attention to the stupid Zhang Bin's immoral behiviour and cctv's covering truth action. Zhang Bin is an animal and fucking idiot! Get off the sport channel and we don't want to see you on TV, any TVs!
Later in the evening, Zhang put a less-than-convincing and short statement onto the internet, blaming what happened on the pressure Hu faces at work: