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Post time 2009-6-12 08:52:52 |Display all floors
A veteran anchor with China Central Television (CCTV) is under suspicion of spying, sources revealed Thursday.

Fang Jing, the 38-year-old face of CCTV's prime-time military program Defense Watch, is being investigated for possibly spying for Taiwan, colleagues told China Daily.

The security authorities have neither confirmed nor denied the reports.

Fang, a Beijing native with a postgraduate degree, started hosting the program in 2006. Her last on-air appearance was on the Sunday edition on March 1 when she hosted an episode about India's military strength featuring Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong, a military expert at the National Defense University.

Fang's segments often touch upon regional military topics and she compares China's military capacity with foreign powers, often with the help of specialists from the People's Liberation Army.

Zhang, who has been a frequent guest on the show, told China Daily Thursday night that Fang's case is "still under investigation" and "no conclusion has been reached so far".

"She has not been jailed as is being rumored," Zhang said. "But she is not hosting the program anymore, because she is currently being investigated."

He confirmed that Fang quit after the March 1 edition.

Sources with CCTV also confirmed Thursday that Fang had been "taken away for a possible spy probe".

She was rumored to have been seduced by a man from Taiwan who was "eight years younger than her" and to have received money from him, the sources said.

Fang had been member of the all-star line-up at some of the largest live broadcasts in CCTV history, including the three-day live coverage of the return of Hong Kong to the mainland in 1997 and live coverage of the millennium celebrations.

She started working for CCTV in 1994 after graduating from China's top school for broadcast journalists and spent four months at Harvard University in Boston as a visiting scholar.

A Yi, another CCTV anchor, speculated on his blog on Tuesday that Fang, who had hosted prime-time news features and news bulletins, wanted to host the military weekly program "for the purpose of collecting military intelligence for sources outside".

An online forum about Fang Thursday night was filled with emotional posts, with many fans expressing shock and outrage.

"It can't be that such an outstanding woman has been turned against the mainland," a viewer said on condition of anonymity.

"But if it's true, it is quite worrisome because she could have learned a lot through her job."
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Post time 2009-6-12 12:48:58 |Display all floors
unbelieveable!! when i am home i alwaway watch the cctv 4, sometimes can see her and the expert zhang talking about the latest news. and now she is a spy?
TO BE OR NOT TO BE THAT IS THE QUESTION
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Post time 2009-6-12 13:37:54 |Display all floors

Fang Jing denied suspected spying

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By Cui Xiaohuo (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2009-06-12 13:02

Fang Jing denied suspected spying

CCTV prime-time anchor Fang Jing on Friday denied rumors about spying, saying she has "never been questioned by any department on any issue whatsoever".

Contacted by China Daily Friday morning, the 38-year-old face of China Central Television's prime-time military program Defense Watch said the speculations by guest speakers and some CCTV staff are "not true".

"No personnel from any department has questioned me on any issue whatsoever," Fang told China Daily on the phone, adding that her absence from the program since March was "not related to any spying investigation".

Sources who work with Fang closely said on Thursday Fang was under suspicion for "spying for Taiwan" and her case is "still under investigation" and "no conclusion has been reached so far".

Fang, who started working for CCTV in 1994, had been member of the all-star line-up at some of the largest live broadcasts in CCTV history, including the three-day live coverage of the return of Hong Kong to the mainland in 1997 and live coverage of the millennium celebrations.
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Post time 2009-6-17 10:43:17 |Display all floors

Spy accusations still haunt anchor

It remains uncertain when Fang Jing, a star CCTV anchorwoman rumored to be involved in a spy scandal, will return to her regular work, although she said Tuesday she "is ready to head back to the screen".

"I have always been ready (to return to the anchor desk)," the 38-year-old told China Daily after a sudden reappearance on CCTV as a guest anchor on World Weekly, an international coverage program.

The program was recorded on Saturday and aired on Sunday night.

But the one-time anchorwoman for the prime-time military program Defense Watch said Tuesday that no CCTV program has contacted her for regular programming in the coming days.

The veteran anchor also declined to reveal when her next TV appearance will be.

Neither CCTV nor Fang has explained the exact reason for her absence from the screen since March. Defense Watch said Fang quit for "health reasons".

Fang, a Beijing native who has been working for the mainland's official television network China Central Television since 1993, was last week rumored to have been under investigation for leaking mainland intelligence.

A Yi, an ex-CCTV anchor who now teaches at Peking University, revealed on his blog last Tuesday that Fang "applied to host the military weekly program for the purpose of collecting military intelligence for outside sources after hosting prime time news features and news bulletins on the network."

But A Yi said "sorry" to Fang Jing on his blog on Saturday and on Sunday declared Fang has returned to hosting and removed the accusations from his blog.

Fang Tuesday played down that her reputation may have been affected by the incident.

"The audience will make their own judgments and decide what is true about me," she said.

Fang was a member of the all-star line-up for some of the largest live broadcasts in CCTV history, including the live three-day broadcast of the handover ceremony of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and live coverage of the millennium celebrations in China on the eve of the year 2000.

She also learned singing from Guo Lanying, a renowned Chinese artist, and sang a Chinese folk song for acclaimed violinist Isaac Stern during his visit to Beijing in 1979.

Zhang Shaohua, a producer for Defense Watch, also said it is too early to say if Fang is returning to the program in the near future.

"The program certainly hopes for her return, but it is up to CCTV's News Center (the department that Fang actually works for) to decide when Fang will return for regular shooting," he told China Daily.

CCTV News Center officials were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.
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