The head of the national broadcaster’s finance and economics channel has been detained over bribery allegations as China’s widening crackdown on corruption reaches the doors of China Central Television.
The Beijing Times reported Monday that Guo Zhenxi, 49, a 22-year CCTV veteran and former head of its advertising information center, was taken away by prosecutors from Jilin province. Producer Tian Liwu was also taken into custody.
Guo was last seen at a press conference at the end of February and some observers speculated that Guo’s case could be linked to that of Li Dongsheng, the former vice minister of public security and former deputy chief of the station. Li was arrested for serious violations of discipline and law late last year.
According to Caixin.com, Guo was in the rare position of simultaneously holding jobs as both director of the finance channel and the advertising center, making him a powerful media figure. He is said to have had a personal grudge against Baidu Inc., orchestrating a four-day series of negative reports against the country’s biggest internet portal Baidu Inc in 2011.
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