CCTV 13 is the public television channel of China Central Television (CCTV), the state television broadcaster of the People's Republic of China. Launched in 1976, CCTV 13 is a news and documentary channel offering national and international news coverage, as well as educational and cultural programs.
CCTV 13 is widely viewed as China's leading news source and is known for its rigorous and impartial news coverage. It is also a major Chinese government outlet, broadcasting speeches by the Chinese leader and other official announcements.
In addition to its news and documentary programming, CCTV 13 also offers a variety of cultural programs such as music, dance and theater shows, as well as entertainment and shopping programmes. The channel is broadcast in Mandarin but also offers programming in other languages such as English, French and Spanish.