Category Archives: media

Is there room for paid internet platforms? – Andy Mok

More Chinese internet users are looking for good answers and are willing to pay for it. Paid Q&A apps emerge in China and business consulent Andy Mok discusses at CGTN America their business models and their chances to succeed.

Kaiser Kuo to visit China in February, March

Sino-American China veteran and rock star Kaiser Kuo will return to China in February and March 2017 for several visits. It will be the first time for him to visit after he left his job as communication director at internet giant Baidu earlier this year. He will visit Shanghai for a speech in the third week of March 2017.

How China overtakes Hollywood – Jeffrey Towson

Ten years ago it seemed an unlikely scenario: Chinese film makers overtaking the Hollywood moguls. But times are changing, writes Peking University business professor Jeffrey Towson, co-author of The One Hour China Book in LA Times. Both numbers of movies and their quality have reached amazing heights.

State propaganda in overdrive after Trump election – Zhang Lijia

China´s state media have gone in overdrive pointing out, what they call, the decline of US democracy, Zhang Lijia, author of Socialism Is Great!: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China tells at CNN. “They have gone into an overdrive,” she tells, although the official reactions have remained polite, naming this a win-win situation. Hillary Clinton, much more than Donald Trump, was seen as a potential anti-China force in the US.

China in Hollywood: more than money – Jeffrey Towson

It is not only money from China, flooding to Hollywood that makes an impact. Thousands of creative Chinese are getting chances in the international movie world that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago, explains Peking business professor Jeffrey Towson in the Nikkei Asian Review.

Linking to firewalled content – or not? Poll

Should we link to firewalled content or not, we asked earlier in the week. At the China Speakers Bureau we have a policy of not linking to content behind any kind of firewall, financial or otherwise, because that would create a barrier for our readers and potential client. But from the reactions we learned tot not all support that policy. It does mean we miss out good content, for example from the Financial Times, and a part of the Wall Street Journal. But many more media try to survive by – what we see as outdated – subscription models to support journalism.

To link or not to link to firewalled content

At the China Speakers Bureau we have a firm policy of not linking to firewalled content. Our main purpose is to promote our speakers, and we do not expect potential clients are going to struggle through a firewall of any kind to read the content of our speakers, not matter how great it is.
Since we want to offer a one-click experience, we avoid not only financial firewalls, but also any kind of registration or – a trend over the past six months – websites that ban adblockers. For the same reason we do not expect readers to learn Vietnamese or Dutch, or even use the still poorly working translation tools to anything but English.
Since we want to offer a one-click experience, we avoid not only financial firewalls, but also any kind of registration or – a trend of the past six months – websites that ban adblockers. For the same reason we do not expect readers to learn Vietnamese or Dutch, or even use the still poorly working translation tools to anything but English.

Facebook faces more than censors in China – Sam Flemming

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has gone to great lenght to appease China´s leadership in an effort to enter the largest internet market again. But, says Sam Flemming, an internet veteran based in Shanghai to Reuters. Local competition might even be a tougher challenge, unlike in the US where Facebook broke new ground.

Media experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

China´s media industry might be one of the toughest to grasp for the outside world. All media are state-owned, very much restricted, and got recently into trouble because they have been extorting companies. Nothing is what you might expert. Some guidance is needed, and fortunately we have a range of media experts at the China Speakers Bureau.

The dynamic state of the social media in 2016 – Sam Flemming

China´s social media have been developing fast and Sam Flemming, CEO of Kantar Media CIC, gives an update on the five most important developments for AdAge. China´s social media landscape is different from the West: It’s unique, fragmented and dynamic.