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Sydney: Business in the Chinese Media with CCTV's Ms Cheng Lei

29 September 2014

Level 13, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney, 2000

The Australia China Business Council is pleased to host Ms Cheng Lei, the anchor of CCTV's business program, BizAsia for a seminar and panel discussion this coming Monday. 

Ms Cheng Lei, began her career in finance but has been reporting on China's business and economic issues since 2001. Well known for conducting one-on-one interviews with CEOs and high ranking political figures, Cheng also produces package stories and provides daily market reports. Cheng reports on CCTV in both English and Mandarin and is a well respected business news anchor around the world. 

Ms Cheng Lei was recently a panelist on the ABC's Shanghai edition of popular panel show Q&A, China: Evolution not Revolution.

This event will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear Ms Cheng Lei's views on business media in China and the Australia China business, trade and investment relationship. Cheng's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on China's business media landscape with public affairs and media experts Alistair Nicholas and Christian Edwards.  


Christian Edwards

Christian is the Director and founder of Channel Gold. He left a Masters in Journalism at the UTS Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) to work as a Producer for the Online Media Group (OMG) in 2000. He travelled to China where he spent almost seven years working in media and the arts. Before becoming the first Australian to join the China National Theatre Company in 2008, he wrote television series in Dalian (2002); ran the nightly 'Guangdong Report' for GDTV in Guangzhou (2003-2005); and was the Executive Publisher of China International Business magazine in Beijing (2006-2007). A fluent French and self-taught Mandarin speaker, Christian has written and consulted for Agence France Presse (AFP); the New Express Daily and numerous international media and arts organisations. He was a senior correspondent with the Xinhua News Agency; producer with the CNC World Network and consults on Shakespeare in Theatre and on contemporary Chinese media. Christian lives in Sydney with wife Caroline daughter, Mathilde and baby boy, Louis.


Alistair Nicholas

Alistair is a Senior Advisor in the Government Relations and Public Affairs Practice of Weber Shandwick Australia. He recently returned to Australia after 13 years in senior public affairs positions in China. Immediately prior to returning to Australia he was Weber Shandwick’s Asia-Pacific regional head of Public Affairs from 2011 to 2013. While in China he provided strategic advice on government and media relations to a range of multinational corporations including many Global Fortune 500 companies. He also provided advice to a number of Chinese government agencies on dealing with the foreign media, and to foreign embassies and foreign government agencies on a range of public affairs and government relations issues in China. He provided advise on crisis communications management the Chinese Government during the deadly SARS outbreak in 2003 and in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Prior to moving to China Alistair had been the Australian Trade Commissioner in Washington DC. Early in his career he had worked in journalism, public policy and political advisory roles with the Federal Coalition in Australia.


Venue: Level 13, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney, 2000

Date: Monday 29 September Time: 3:30 - 5:00

Tickets: Members $33, Non-members $55.00 (incl. GST) 

The event will be followed by a cocktail networking reception.