China: Official Olympics channel's unveiling ceremony crashed

Global Voices Olympics 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:



As the clip starts, Hu has taken the mike and is speaking. Zhang can be seen hovering, wanting to stop her but not daring to.

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.

With the number of journalists present at the time, photos have been floating around. Someone has put several of them together at the HoopChina BBS, where 11 pages of comments have already come in:

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:

国外的话 不是要直接电击放倒了了么~~~~~~

If this had happened overseas, wouldn't they've just straight up tazed her….?


Those CCTV people..
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.


These people are all the same, using public resources to take care of their private matters.


Now she knows what pain is. There was a woman crying the same tears a few years ago that she did today, only now it's her turn.

Anonymous readers at a Movivi post have written:


This woman wouldn't have been up there or have done what she did if she hadn't been forced. She just wants respect too.


This news press conference should be called the “Zhang Bin's latest affair press release”, and not “CCTV-5 changes name to The Olympic Channel”. Aye, a husband and wife's affairs have become of international significance, and that's not east. Though, I'm afraid it's going to be pretty tough for Zhang Bin and Hu Ziewei from now on.

Sae at Douban writes:


【I nominate Hu Ziwei for 2007's Most Moving Person of the Year】

Then by ‘Dreams Come True':


“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.”
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:

死胖子 这回没前途了

That fat bastard, he's not going anywhere after this.


She knew that the fatty divorced his ex-wife for her, so she should have known that this day was coming.


This is gonna get ‘harmonized’ any minute

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:


  • Ian

    Its cool that I got to truly understand what the woman was saying. I think she was dignified in her speech and it must have been great desperation to make her personal troubles so public. But I’ve heard from many people who travel to China and those living there, that shockingly the culture of mistresses and adultery is quite rampant there.
    Its a good thing that this ‘event’ didnt get caught up in the Chinese censors. Apparently Mr Zhang Bin didnt have too much ‘politics’ left in him to contain the damage. Maybe with the public beating this guy has taken, more women will be emboldened to disclose the nefarious underside of the ‘glittering’ China that is projected .

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  • Simon

    there shouldn’t be too much “communist media censorship” exotism about the scene with Zhang Bin and Hu Ziwei. Be honest: what would happen, if the same happens on any top TV station within a top TV show? Exactely the same.
    Adultery is no Chinese idea, and I wouldn’t ask, how many of the IOC officials share their beds with mistresses or girlfriends.
    For Hu Ziwei, it’s a tragic moment. But what has this to do with the Olympics? Why does the whole nation need to see this? It only shows of an extreme selfish person, to abuse her position to destroy Zhang Bin’s carreer. And of incredible stupidity to destroy her own. As this might happen to both of them (as it probably would, again, anywhere on the world).

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  • Wu Di

    Some commentators still believe that the ‘incident’ is just about adultery.

    But what if it becomes common in China to wash dirty laundry in public? Or what if China’s powerless find out that it works to do so?

    No influential person would be safe any longer.

    In my opinion, what Hu Ziwei did was a brave political act! She is my new idol.

  • whh

    Hu ZiWei is a hero who is brave enough to speak out the scandal. the scandal is not limited to his family. this women has suffered too much in the past half years, the burst is natural. This woman is a very good television announcer of the program “shenbian”(身边). She has been kicked out from this show for referrencing the BaoZi news and uncovering the Haier product quality problem. She is an honest woman, be so brave to reveal the truth, it is just that bring her punish from the unfair society,where people have no speech freedom. It is said that the poor lady has been arrested. Who can save this lady. Who can return our country a free sky. Pray for her. It deserves so much to wake up more people to think over what the real problem is, behind this scandal. Pray for Hu ziwei.

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  • lucasionee

    wow, how brave the Hu zhiwei is,I am proud of you,she is a typical representative of women who suffer from the betrayals of their husbands in China.In fact,this kind of thing like above happen to many women in China,but most of them don’t want to wash dirty clothes in public and keep silence,I think it’s an indulgence for their husbands,more indulgent more worse.Women should bravely stick up for theirselves if their marital lifes are suddenly disturbed by other women(mistresses).
    It’s said Hu zhiwei was arrested by the goverment,OMG,it’s very terrible,who can rescue the brave and poor woman from the unruly society,I hope she will be OK,god bless her.

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