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Baidu To Establish New Independent Company To Provide Online Video to Chinese Internet Users January 6, 2010

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Baidu, Inc., the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, today announced its plan to establish a new independent company to provide licensed online video to Chinese Internet users.

The new company will work closely with content providers to provide copyrighted premium video content including movies, TV series, sporting events, animation and other varied content to Internet users through an advertising supported model.

Mr. Yu Gong, formerly president and chief operating officer of China Mobile’s 12580 business, has been appointed chief executive officer of the new company.

“As China’s Internet industry evolves, we have seen increasing demand for high-quality video content on our search platform. By establishing this new company, we will be able to better serve our users and customers with superior content and focused resources,” said Xuyang Ren, Baidu’s vice president of marketing and business development. “I am very excited to work with Mr. Gong, who has strong experience in the internet industry in China, to grow our new company into a leader in the field through product innovation and a robust network of partnerships with leading content providers in China and globally.”

Mr. Yu Gong added, “Online video is a rapidly growing sector in China and I believe Baidu’s search platform will provide a solid foundation for the new company to address the increasing demand for premium content. I am very excited to embark on this new venture.”

Prior to serving as president and chief operating officer of China Mobile’s 12580 business, Mr. Yu Gong was chief operating officer of SOHU.com, Inc. Mr. Gong is a Beijing native and holds a Ph.D. in Automatic Control and Application from Tsinghua University.

Rupert Murdoch Urges China To Open Digital Door At World Media Summit In Beijing October 15, 2009

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Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, urged the Chinese Government to take full advantage of the country’s creative potential by opening the door to media competition and ensuring that intellectual property is protected.

Speaking at the World Media Summit in Beijing, Mr Murdoch said that the growth of Chinese media companies would also be hindered by intellectual property violations and that more competition would better prepare them for the rigors of the international market.

“The aggregators and the plagiarists will soon have to pay a price for the co-opting of our content. But if we do not take advantage of the current movement toward paid-for content, it will be the content creators, the people in this hall, who will pay the ultimate price and the content kleptomaniacs will triumph.”

Mr Murdoch also commented that with China’s emergence as a global power comes a global responsibility and urged China to take the lead in restarting the stalled Doha talks on world trade, noting that “in too many languages, Doha is a four-letter word”.

“Wouldn’t it be an auspicious sign of our times if the contemporary catalysts for freer trade, traditional and digital, were China and India? It would show definitively that the world was no longer run by a rich man’s club.”

Mr Murdoch noted that China must expect more criticism as it takes its place on the world stage as a superpower, but that it should not over-react to such criticism.

A cursory search of the Internet will throw up some rather vigorous and vitriolic criticism of this curious character called Rupert Murdoch.

Who Is the Best Band in China? HKGFM.net To Help Choose In Global Battle of the Bands August 28, 2009

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HKGFM.net whose tagline is “YOUR Musical Universe” and has 50,000 listeners a day is teaming up to provide world wide coverage on the China Battle! Mr. Blaze Hackman, Music Director of HKGFM.net said “We are delighted to be involved with the authentic live music scene in China which has been one of our biggest listening markets since 2008. For many people HKGFM.net is the top choice for music lovers in China and with listeners from over 150 countries around the globe we will bring China’s Rock “n” Roll to the world.” said Hackman, “All the bands who sign up for the competition will be able to send their music to HKGFM.net and as part of the competition we will have special shows to help feature their music.”

“This is a live music event in front of a live crowd who get to pick their favorite band at each of the heats as the bands battle through the competition. The audience gets to choose their favorite band on the night and their selection helps decide the winners at each of the heats. We know the bands have fans from all over the country who may not be able to make it to the live shows so we want those fans to be able to join in the fun too. So we have teamed up with HKGFM.net to allow fans to choose who they think is the best.” said Chris B, National Director of GBOB China. “We will announce details of how fans can join in online by the end of August.”

Global Battle of the Bands China this year will take place in five cities: Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Each city will select one winning band based on judges and audience votes. Judges comprising of established musicians, respected music journalists, music editors and people involved in the music industry. Judges confirmed so far include: Jun Kung (drummer, producer), Soler (band), Silvester See Wai Yin (veteran musician, Acehero Films), Vincent Lee (Warner Music Hong Kong) and Christine Samson (Singer & Vocal Coach to top artists in HK such as Joey Yung, G.E.M., Fong Lik Sun).

Top notch live music venues from each city will be used: Yugongyishan (Beijing), Yuyingtang (Shanghai), The Cavern (Hong Kong), Jin Bar (Shenzhen) and Live Music Association (Macau).

Each of the five cities winners will battle out in Hong Kong in November 2009 to see who will represent China in the World Final of Global Battle of the Bands in London, England and the chance to win the grand prize of US$100,000 in band development.

Chris B, National Director of GBOB China, “More and more focus is on China to produce the next big band that is un-manufactured and playing real music, this competition will expose those potential bands to the world.”

Over 36 countries are taking part in 2009. The World Final will be held in La Scala, London, England on 13 December 2009. The 2008 World Final GBOB judges; comprised Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols bassist/songwriter), Jim Lowe (producer: Stereophonics, Charlatans etc) and Ben Adams (ex-member of A1 and now producer) and they all agreed that China would be the country to watch at 2009 finals. “Clearly Killer Soap have put the world on notice that Chinese bands are ready to take the world stage in rock music.” said Matt Walker, organiser of the Global Battle of the bands competition.

To register:
http://www.gbob.com/challenge/2009/cn/index.php

The Orchard Partners With Powerful China Telecom Network August 16, 2009

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The Orchard announced that it has entered into an exclusive, multi-tiered marketing and licensing partnership with China’s leading next generation mobile infrastructure and services provider, ZTEMT.

Utilizing The Orchard’s top one hundred thousand songs, ZTEMT and The Orchard will power and program the English language genre sections of China Telecom’s new version of the service, iMusic.

With this deal, the Orchard becomes the first international digital music distributor to introduce such a large selection of western music to China’s massive 388 million internet and mobile internet users.