Crazy Video: Beijing Olympics Channel's unveiling ceremony was ruined
Friday was meant to be a big day for China's main sports channel CCTV-5, with a lavish ceremony attended by top station executives held to celebrate its official change of name to The Olympics Channel. It got a bit bigger when a visibly upset Hu Ziwei, the wife of top CCTV-5 announcer and sports news dept. head Zhang Bin—about to introduce Olympic ping pong player Wang Nan—suddenly appeared on stage and grabbed the microphone, accusing Zhang of having had an affair, as well as of smearing the name of both China and next year's summer Olympics. Hu herself is a host of an Olympics-themed program at Beijing TV.
Someone present inevitably got out their cellphone, and six hours after the video was uploaded to video sharing website Tudou, over 20 pages of comments had poured in. Sina.com was quick to delete the clip, but a copy has been placed on YouTube. The Tudou user has provided a caption of what Hu said:
As the clip starts, Hu has taken the microphone and is speaking. Zhang can be seen hovering, wanting to stop her but not daring to.
Hu: ….but there came a day, when I wasn't just a television announcer, but the (sob) wife of the man standing next to me, Mr. Zhang Bin. I just want to take…… (cut off) one minute of everyone's time! I'll just take one minute of your time! Let go. (she grabs the podium)
Hu: Today is a special day for The Olympic Channel, and it's a special day for Mr. Zhang Bin, and for me, it's a special day too. Because just two hours ago, I found out that besides me, Mr. Zhang Bin has been maintaining an improper relationship with another woman [the vlogger cuts in: the relationship with you is improper too?]
Hu: Next year is an Olympics year, and all people all over the world will be watching China. But, but it was a French foreign diplomat who said: If the Chinese people's values don't….(someone off-screen says: please don't take any pictures)…then what significance will any of it been? What significance? (Many people now try to drag her off) Is that how you treat a weak woman?
Hu: (Still struggling) I just want to say one last thing—can we please keep our demeanor here?—that French foreign diplomat also said: until China is able to start exporting its values, it won't be able to become a great power. For us to be faced with such prim and proper……yet Zhang Bin can't even be brought to face his own……at a time when he won't even face his hurt wife. I think China, as a……to succeed as a great power……don't any of you have any conscience at all?! You let me go! We're so far from being a great country.
Hu: Today might be the last Sunday. Tomorrow everyone will go on a nice, long……vacation. But there's no way Zhang Bin and I will.
Off-screen: Is this necessary?
Hu: I'm very sorry, I'm…..too. But I know……(unclear).
Zhang Bin: Sorry, everyone.
With the number of journalists present at the time, photos have been floating around. Someone has put several of them together at the HoopChina BBS, where 11 pages of comments have already come in:
Gossip over the personal relationships of prominent Chinese television announcers has always been a hot topic on the Chinese blogsphere, and this has been no exception; mentioned in several places is speculation that Zhang had divorced his previous wife to be with Hu, who some are alleging was quite active in pursuing a relationship with him at that time, that she attacked Zhang's ex-wife at one point, and there's even speculation on who his newest lover is.
Neither Hu nor Zhang have mentioned this on their blogs. Zhang, in fact, hasn't updated his since it opened in March this year.