China Radio International Faces 'Grim Graft' Allegations
by Tom McGregor
Mon, Mar 2, 2015, 11:18 pm
BEIJING: China Radio International is under investigation over "grim and complicated graft" allegations. CRI has allegedy built a network of so-called 'ghost radio stations' all over the globe, because the Chinese government does not audit it's global media properties.
According to the BBC News, "Other state organisations that have been targeted this year include the culture and environment protection ministries, the China Association for Science and Technology, the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce and China Radio International."
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is quoted as saying that, "Corruption still plagued the government in some sectors, largely because a minority of officials had such power to grant approvals and mete out benefits. Every single penny of government expenses should be subject to auditing supervision."
As reported by the BBC News, "Another meeting chaired by Prime Minister Li Keqiang focused on the need for clean governance, strict management of public assets and combating misuse of power, including the "grey zone" of administrative examinations and approvals."
CRI is a state-owned media outlet that struggles with dismal listener ratings, yet continues to receive substantial subsidies from the Chinese government.
To read the entire article from the BBC News, link here: To learn more about Chinese SOEs' not facing audits for its international operations, link here:
UPDATE: Anonymous sources who familiar with CRI's subsidy funding have emailed the Dallas Blog to claim that this government-media outlet receives a minimum of 800 million RMB subsidy each year from Chinese officials.
... written by Gary J Minter , March 04, 2015
I worked at China Radio International in April of 2004, when I first went to China. I edited the translations of news stories for clarity and proper use of English. I made lots of nice friends there, and have happy memories of CRI. I am sorry to hear about these problems.