State media

News anchor Luo Jing dies at 48

Luo Jing

Luo Jing (罗京), who co-anchored CCTV's Network News program for two decades, passed away this morning at the age of 48.

Luo was diagnosed with lymphoma last May, and his condition was made public in September following his final Network News appearance on August 31, 2008.

Today's news follows reports of his death earlier this year:

On April Fool's Day this year, rumors circulated online that Network News anchor Luo Jing had died. Reporters visited the Beijing Tumor Hospital, where doctors said that Luo had been discharged from the hospital two months before, and that his illness was not as serious as had been imagined. A CCTV spokesperson said that Luo was resting at home, and that the April Fool's joke was sheer nonsense; if all goes well, Luo would have no problem returning to Network News within the year.

Here's a clip of part of a 1988 Network News broadcast, re-run by CCTV News to mark Luo's passing:

In addition to his news-reading, Luo frequently performed on CCTV specials, to the delight of audiences who were used to his sober, emotionless delivery. Here's a clip of Luo performing a selection from the Peking Opera Ganlu Temple:

Links and Sources
There are currently 5 Comments for News anchor Luo Jing dies at 48.

Comments on News anchor Luo Jing dies at 48


48 years old, what can I say.

It is the death of an average person out of 1.3 billion people. It is true that he has read out news to us day in day out, but whoever knowing Chinese cannot do it, by the way?

miss you forever!

No,you are wrong ,73 or more is the average lifetime in China.

Media Partners
Visit these sites for the latest China news
090609guardian2.png 090609CNN3.png
China Media Timeline
Major media events over the last three decades
Danwei Model Workers
The latest recommended blogs and new media
From 2008
Books on China
The Eurasian Face : Blacksmith Books, a publishing house in Hong Kong, is behind The Eurasian Face, a collection of photographs by Kirsteen Zimmern. Below is an excerpt from the series:
Big in China: An adapted excerpt from Big In China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising A Family, Playing The Blues and Becoming A Star in China, just published this month. Author Alan Paul tells the story of arriving in Beijing as a trailing spouse, starting a blues band, raising kids and trying to make sense of China.
Pallavi Aiyar's Chinese Whiskers: Pallavi Aiyar's first novel, Chinese Whiskers, a modern fable set in contemporary Beijing, will be published in January 2011. Aiyar currently lives in Brussels where she writes about Europe for the Business Standard. Below she gives permissions for an excerpt.
Front Page of the Day
A different newspaper every weekday
From the Vault
Classic Danwei posts
+ Korean history doesn't fly on Chinese TV screens (2007.09): SARFT puts the kibbosh on Korean historical dramas.
+ Religion and government in an uneasy mix (2008.03): Phoenix Weekly (凤凰周刊) article from October, 2007, on government influence on religious practice in Tibet.
+ David Moser on Mao impersonators (2004.10): I first became aware of this phenomenon in 1992 when I turned on a Beijing TV variety show and was jolted by the sight of "Mao Zedong" and "Zhou Enlai" playing a game of ping pong. They both gave short, rousing speeches, and then were reverently interviewed by the emcee, who thanked them profusely for taking time off from their governmental duties to appear on the show.
Danwei Archives
Danwei Feeds
Via Feedsky rsschiclet2.png (on the mainland)
or Feedburner rsschiclet.gif (blocked in China)
rsschiclet2.png rsschiclet.gif Main feed: Main posts (FB has top links)
rsschiclet2.png rsschiclet.gif Top Links: Links from the top bar
rsschiclet2.png rsschiclet.gif Danwei Jobs: Want ads
rsschiclet2.png rsschiclet.gif Danwei Digest: Updated daily, 19:30