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CCTV ad revenues hit new high
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-11-21 09:41
The money China's Central Television (CCTV) drew from advertisers saw a 15.77 per cent increase this year, based partly on ad-space being sold for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Rates, including bids from home and abroad, hit 6.8 billion yuan (US$860 million), according to CCTV.

Procter & Gamble had the highest bidding rates at 420 million yuan (US$53 million). It was followed by drinks firm Wanglaoji, dairy company Mengniu, pharmaceuticals firm Minsheng, and home appliance maker Haier. Bidding rates from international and domestic companies increased by 25 per cent and 21 per cent.

"The result signals increasing confidence in the Chinese economy and CCTV's role in it," said Liu Fengjun, a professor at the corporate management department of the Renmin University of China Business School.

This year, CCTV added Olympic-related slots into the ads bidding list. The slots, whose bidding rates reached 941 million yuan (US$119 million), drove up this year's bidding rates, which were 926 million yuan (US$117 million) higher than last year.

"The year 2007 is only a starting point for companies cashing in on the Olympics, and the trend will undoubtedly reach its highest peak in 2008," said Jiang Minghua, a professor at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University.

In past years, domestic companies from major cities played a dominant role in the bidding. This year, companies from China's northern, southern, and southwestern regions played a larger role.

The advertising rates from these regions increased 30 per cent, 33 per cent, and 41 per cent respectively year-on-year.

 

The food and beverage sector was still the biggest in terms of bidding rates, growing 42.95 per cent year-on-year.

Source:China Daily 
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