There is one year to go before the start of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and BBC Chinese has teamed up with Beijing Sports Radio to host a joint debate on the opportunities and issues surrounding the globe’s biggest sporting event.
Beijing Olympics Countdown on Wednesday 8 August 2007 will webcast live on bbcchina.com.cn and bjradio.com.cn. It will also broadcast on BBC Chinese radio and Beijing Sports Radio.
Up to 20 Beijing residents will join BBC producer Jiyang Qiao and Beijing Sports Radio presenter Ms Hong Wei in the studio to share their views on how preparations for the Olympics has affected their city and their lives.
Visitors to bbcchina.com.cn and bjradio.com.cn can leave their opinions on the subject or put questions to the panellists.
Raymond Li, BBC Chinese Business Development Manager, said: “All eyes will be on Beijing in August 2008 which is why we are webcasting this important debate.
“We are very pleased to be co-producing it with Beijing Radio Sports Channel, a great opportunity to get both a local and international perspective on the key issues.
“We are especially pleased to have Beijing citizens joining us in the studio. They can let us know what feel the event will bring to the city and its people, what their expectations are and whether they feel those expectations will be met.
“We also want to hear from listeners across the world and make this a truly global conversation.”
Mr Chen Hui, Director of Beijing Sports Radio, said: “We are honoured to be joining forces with BBC Chinese to prepare and organise this special event discussing important issues leading up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
“Our listeners will appreciate and truly benefit from discussing essential matters with an international audience. I also believe it paves the way for further development and cooperation between BBC Chinese and Beijing Sports Radio.”
BBC Chinese can be heard in Mandarin on FM in more than 20 cities in China and on SW across Asia Pacific for four hours every day. The BBC’s international online sites receive over 763 million page impressions, attracting around 38.5 million unique users a month.