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CCTV9 & BBC Worldwide to collaborate on new documentary projects

China’s state broadcaster, CCTV Documentary Channel (CCTV9) and BBC Worldwide have signed a Memorandum of Understanding through which the broadcasters anticipate to see at least two major projects launch over the next six months.

The MOU was signed at the Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu and provides opportunities and platforms for partnerships between the two broadcasters, which have worked together on numerous successful projects over the last three years.

The MOU includes two key areas of collaboration: establishing a centre for story development to focus on the Chinese and Asian market; and developing TV and live event co-productions and expanding the distribution relationship.

“We have been collaborating with BBC Worldwide on TV programmes for many years now,” says Mr. Liu Wen, Managing Director of CCTV9. “Like the BBC, we are committed to bringing high quality programmes to our viewers. We are excited that with this MOU, we will be able to extend our partnership to reach new audiences.”

Paul Dempsey, BBC Worldwide President Global Markets says: “This MOU is a significant milestone in the history of BBC Worldwide’s business in China and in our relationship with CCTV. The projects we will be working on will enable us to bring our flagship BBC Earth content to audiences across China and help bring together UK and Chinese creative talent.”