Mexico's Televisa television station and China Central
Television (CCTV) announced on Thursday that the Mexican
broadcaster would begin cable transmissions of CCTV's programs
dubbed in Spanish in Mexico next week.
Chinese Ambassador to Mexico Yin Heng Min said the broadcast of
CCTV programs is the first step in implementing the cooperation
agreement that was signed with Televisa last month.
"The start of transmissions is a sign of the strengthening of
relations between the two countries and Mexican society can now see
today's China," Yin said.
Televisa Vice President Jose Baston said that although entering
the Chinese market is a big challenge, Televisa's objective is to
establish an excellent commercial relationship with China.
Televisa said it has signed a deal with the Chinese government
to make Chinese versions of its most successful programs, including
the reality show "Dancing for a Dream," and its world-famous soap
operas, which are dubbed into more than 50 languages.
Televisa has already tested the market by dubbing four soap
operas into Mandarin Chinese since 2000 for broadcast in China,
where they have been hits, the company said.
Baston said co-production agreements on television series in
Mandarin Chinese were also expected to be signed.
(Xinhua News Agency June 1, 2007)