Chinese Language Channel Debuts in Bay Area

By Andrew Gauthier 

San Jose Mercury News

Chinese speakers throughout the Bay Area can now watch local television in their native language 24 hours a day, thanks to Sunnyvale-based KCTV Channel 1.9.

KCTV is Northern California’s first 24-hour Chinese language television station. The channel broadcasts programs produced in China and Taiwan, and plugs local news stories into the nightly Chinese news programs with its own Bay Area-based team of reporters and film crews.


On Aug. 8, KCTV launched its first original program– “Bay Area Superstar,” a singing competition similar to “American Idol,” hosted by Chinese TV veteran Li Rong. More…