CCTV 7-O'clock News gets fresh new look 2006-06-06 17:22:33

The new anchors of CCTV Seven-O'clock News Kang Hui (R) and Li Zimeng (L). (Source: CCTV)

    BEIJING, June 6 (Xinhua) -- China's news audience got their first look on Monday at a pair of new news anchors, the first new hosts of the world's most watched the seven-o'clock newscast in years.

    The new anchors Kang Hui and Li Zimeng, who had hosted other news programs for CCTV, received some very good reviews after their debut broadcast on the CCTV flagship national newscast.

    Newspapers and websites across the country were all a bustle with comments on Kang and Li and many said the younger pair, who are in their early 30's, brought a fresh new look to the program. Other commentators said they liked Kang and Li's talkative style.

    For years the CCTV Seven-O'clock News in China has been hosted by the same three pairs of anchors who are rotated nightly. A source with CCTV wouldn't say if the network planned to take one of the pairs of anchors out of the rotation. Another CCTV source told Xinhua it was 'inconvenient' to provide the newscast's audience ratings.

    CCTV Seven-O'clock News is broadcast seven days a week from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. simultaneously on every CCTV national channel and on provincial news channels. It covers the most important daily news of the state and events involving state leaders.

    In March a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference suggested the CCTV Seven-O'clock News change its anchors to make the program more popular with younger audience. Enditem

Editor: Lin Li
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