- Hung Huang, influential Chinese media personality, respected publisher, blogger
- Victor Gao, former official in the Chinese Foreign Ministry, English translator for Deng Xiaoping
- John Pomfret, award-winning journalist and China commentator
As China prepares for its most significant leadership transition in decades, CNN is launching its first ever regular series focused on the country, the first by any international television news network. The new monthly show hosted by CNN correspondent and anchor Kristie Lu Stout provides viewers with a unique insider's view of China from within its own borders.
Shot on location in Hong Kong at the historic Hullett House, in each 30-minute show Lu Stout sits down with thought and business leaders from within China's borders for a roundtable discussion about what really drives this world power and economic giant.
With China's leadership transition expected within a month, the first episode delves into the Chinese Communist Party, exploring how membership is obtained, factions within the party, the personality traits of China's presumed next leader, and the impact of the ongoing Bo Xilai scandal.
At the table helping to demystify the Chinese Communist Party is Hung Huang, a celebrated Chinese media personality and publisher brought up among China's political elite, Victor Gao, a former official in the Chinese Foreign Ministry and English translator for Deng Xiaoping and John Pomfret, award-winning journalist and China commentator.
"The world is watching China more than ever and our new show delivers in-depth, intelligent insights on its economic, political and cultural drivers," said Mike McCarthy, Senior Vice President, CNN International. "We're proud to be the first international news network to dedicate a regular show to China, enabling viewers within China's borders and around the world to better understand the country and its people."
"China is a country of dramatic change, political intrigue, and dynamic economic growth," added Kristie Lu Stout, CNN anchor/correspondent and host of 'On China'. "I've been writing and reporting about China since the late 1990s, and the nation continues to fascinate me. I'm excited to host a regular discussion on current affairs and trends inside China."
When can I watch 'On China?'
First Episode: Inside the Chinese Communist Party
Wednesday, October 17 at 1730 HKT (0530 ET, 0930 GMT)
Saturday, October 20 at 1230 HKT (0030 ET, 0430 GMT)
Sunday, October 21 at 1930 HKT (0730 ET, 1130 GMT)
Saturday, October 27 at 1930 HKT (0730 ET, 1130 GMT)
Sunday, October 28 at 1230 HKT (0030 ET, 0530 GMT)
Second Episode: Chinese Consumerism
*Note that from November onwards the show will air one hour later due to the time change in the U.S.
Wednesday, November 21 at 1830 HKT (0530 ET, 1030 GMT)
Saturday, November 24 at 1330 HKT (0030 ET, 0530 GMT)
Sunday, November 25 at 2130 HKT (0830 ET, 1330 GMT)
Saturday, December 1 at 2130 HKT (0830 ET, 1330 GMT)
Sunday, December 2 at 1330 HKT (0030 ET, 0530 GMT)
Third Episode: China- U.S. Elections
Wednesday, December 19 at 1830 HKT (0530 ET, 1030 GMT)
Saturday, December 22 at 1330 HKT (0030 ET, 0530 GMT)
Sunday, December 23 at 2130 HKT (0830 ET, 1330 GMT)
Saturday, December 29 at 2130 HKT (0830 ET, 1330 GMT)
Sunday, December 30 at 1330 HKT (0030 ET, 0530 GMT)