BBC China ‘Christmas cracker’ at King’s14 Dec 2009, PR 272/09 King’s joined up with the BBC World Service, Chinese Service for a live ‘Christmas Celebration’ quiz show, on Sunday 13 December in the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus. The show was filmed and streamed live over the internet to thousands of viewers on BBC China, Sina.com and qq.com, some of China’s largest web portals.
This show was the first time for the BBC China to undertake online video broadcasting simultaneously in the UK and China, with two of the biggest Chinese portal websites involved. The event also featured a live telephone link to viewers across the UK.
The show was part of a BBC China series under the motto ‘Educate, Inform and Entertain’, which aims to give overseas Chinese students a better understanding of British culture. The first event, ‘Getting to Know Britain Better’, was held at City University in October, was a resounding success for King’s with a team of MA students becoming proud winners of the competition. The winners returned to Sunday’s show with an impressive singing performance of ‘Jingle Bell Rock’.
For the quiz, a number of students were selected at random from the live audience of over 300 students, including a Law student from King’s, to compete over questions on British Christmas traditions. In a second round, the Chinese students were paired up with British counterparts to compete in an English vocabulary challenge before the overall winners were announced, who will have the opportunity to do an internship with the BBC Chinese Service and spend Christmas with a British family.
Ralph Parfect, Assistant Director of King's China Institute, explains why the College got involved: ‘It was exciting to partner with the BBC Chinese Service for such an innovative show, and we are delighted that it was a resounding success. King’s has many links with China including a large community of Chinese students at the College and we are always looking for ways to promote intercultural understanding and friendship. This is one of the reasons we are establishing the King’s China Institute, for example, so the concept of the show was a perfect fit for King’s and we were proud to be hosting this Christmas special!’
Fanli Bai, Director of C Cubed Media who produced the show for the BBC commented: ‘The objective of the show was to provide a fun way for Chinese students in China and the UK to learn more about British life. As I am a graduate of the University of London myself, I feel obliged to help Chinese overseas students to understand British culture better, to ultimately have a wider view of the world and to become more open-minded.'
More information and pictures of the event can be found on the BBC China website
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