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BBC World News announces month-long China special

MUMBAI: BBC World News and bbc.com have announced the launch of a month-long season of programmes focusing on China. Designed in China, the programmes will be shown on TV and online from 6 October to 2 November.

The programmes will cover culture, business and finance, exploring how China is innovating across a range of sectors.

BBC has called on its network of bureaus in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and on its China experts and correspondents to report on what China is doing to get ahead of the rest.

BBC Global News Ltd Editorial commissioning editor Liz Gibbons said, “Innovation has been the engine of economic growth, and lies at the heart of increased living standards; unsurprisingly, the impressive recent growth in innovation in emerging economies has been led by China. The BBC has called on its unrivalled network of bureaux in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong and on its China experts and correspondents to report on what China is doing to get ahead of the rest, and whether this increase in innovative activity will come at the expense of the West.”

Global consumers are familiar with the ‘Made in China’ label, but BBC asks how long it will be before ‘Designed in China’ becomes the mantra. China is continuing its rise and emergence as the world’s second superpower, and the specials will ask whether it can surpass its US, European and North Asian competitors.

The programming line-up includes ‘Our World – Can China Innovate?’ which is scheduled to air on BBC World News on 11 October at 11 am and 5 pm, and on 12 October at 11 pm.

In the show, BBC’s China editor Carrie Gracie will explore China’s global ambition to move from being the world’s manufacturing hub to a knowledge economy, creating its own valuable IP in a range of sectors.

Gracie will further explore whether a top down strategic plan can foster the necessary creativity to allow China to challenge the West. She has been reporting on China for 25 years. Based in Beijing for most of the 1990s, she covered the 2008 Olympics and has presented many of the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programmes.

Another special from BBC will be ‘The Culture Show: The Art of Chinese Painting’ that will air on BBC World News on 11 October at 6 pm with a repeat the next day at 1 pm. It will showcase the director of UK’s Fine Art Society Kate Bryan travelling to China to find out more about the ancient art of Chinese painting.

‘Talking Business – Can China Produce Global Brands?’ is another show scheduled to air on the channel on 17 October at 8 pm, 18 October at 6 am, and 19 October at 6 pm. BBC’s chief business correspondent Linda Yueh will explore whether Huawei, which has in just 25 years grown from a two room operation in Shenzhen to become the world’s second biggest telecom company, has what it takes to innovate and to take on the world. Yueh is the presenter of the weekly business programme ‘Talking Business with Linda Yueh’.

‘CEO Guru: China’s Billionaires’ Club’ will see Steve Tappin take viewers inside the hidden world of the club for China’s business elite. It also tells the story of the rise of business in China over the past few decades, both through the eyes of its members and through those of some of the other leading entrepreneurs who have helped to build a new business culture.

Tappin is an author and management expert who specialises in coaching the CEOs of many large international companies. It will air on BBC World News on 25 October at 3 pm and 26 October at 8 am and 9 pm.

‘Talking Business – China’s Creative Industries’ will see Yueh taking a closer look at China’s burgeoning film industry and visits Hengdian, the largest film studio in the world, to speak to a new generation of film directors and foreign investors trying to gain a foothold in the Chinese film market. It will air on 31 October at 8 pm and 1 November at 6 pm.

The network has also designed ‘The Travel Show’ which will see Rajan Datar taking a rail trip through three very different Chinese cities to show viewers the traditional and modern faces of China. The show will air on 1 November at 9 am and 7 pm, with a repeat the next day at 12 pm.