Wuxi started its radio and TV business very early, with the Wuxi People’s Radio Station founded on September 1, 1949,the Wuxi TV Station on May 1, 1960 and the Wuxi Cable TV Station on October 14, 1992. Based on the three stations, Wuxi Radio and TV Group was set up on June 9, 1999, the first of its kind nationwide. The group was listed in 2004 as an experimental unit for market-oriented reforms by the State Bureau of Radio and Television, and in 2006 listed as an experimental unit for cultural system reforms in Jiangsu province. At the end of 2007 the group carried out the reforms aiming at separating the administrative management and focusing on market operation, and as a result, the Wuxi Radio & TV Station formed, sharing with the group the same management team. By deepening the reforms of breaking up the publicity and market operation functions in 2008, the group re-organized its operational assets and established Wuxi BTV Development Co., Ltd.
Wuxi Radio & TV Station owns 6 radios including News, Economy, Auto Music, Communication, Voice of Liangxi and Urban Life, and 6 TV channels of News, Urban Information, Movie, Entertainment, Economy and Life, in addition to the mobile TV channel that covers the bus and subway systems, Wuxi New Weekly (the radio & TV guide newspaper), the magazines “Fashion Boss” and “Digital Vision”, and the Taihu Pearl web, Wuxi’s largest portal. The Wuxi Radio & TV Station has set up a multi-media operation structure and system that involves radio, TV, web, paper, mobile new media, etc. Wuxi Radio and TV Group has been honored a good number of state and provincial level awards, including the 5-ones Project Award, the China News Award, the Huabiao Film Award, the Feitian TV Award, the Golden Eagle Award, the Starlight TV Art Award and so on.
While playing a good role as a publicity organization, Wuxi Radio & TV Group has built up a diversified industrial system that is based on the advertising sector and involved in new media, performance, comics and digital publishing, by means of market-oriented reforms and combination with cultural resources on the market. This helps maintain a fast growth momentum. During the 11th 5-year plan period, the group enjoyed an annual growth rate of about 20% and made a total investment of 2 billion yuan in the cultural sector. Its turnover in 2013 hit 1.11 billion yuan and profit about 200 million yuan. In the past decade a total of 680 million yuan has been put into technical improvement and its digitalization and networking level leads among the domestic city-level radio and TV stations. “Intelligence Wuxi”, a multi-functional wireless application client the group developed wholly on its own has become a web-based information service platform significant for local citizens. Its clients have already reached 1.3 million in 2014.
The group has been focusing upon the development of video contents and the production of quality film and TV products. It has invested and produced many popular TV plays and films, including “Penicillin 1944”， “Beihong’s Life”， “Wuxi Merchants” , “Long Journey” and the like. Among them, “An Oath for Life”, one of the group’s major production, was played at prime time of CCTV1 and enjoyed the highest audience rating among all TV plays broadcast in the same period of time across the country. This TV series also won quite a number of honors such as the 12th 5-ones Project Award for National Spiritual Civilization Development, the China TV Golden Eagle Award and the Feitian Award. The movie “No Leaving Bodhisattva Guanyin” won the Excellent Film Award on the Montreal International Film Festival. “Happy Run”, the first cartoon film in Jiangsu Province, won the Excellent Cartoon Film Prize on the 13th Huabiao Awards.
Wuxi BTV Media Center that cost a total investment of 500 million yuan and covered an construction area of 80,000 ㎡ was put into use in 2011 and became a cultural landmark with regional influence. After inaugurating its Phase 1 project, the Wuxi Digital Cartoon Development Service Center kicked off its Phase 2 construction with an expected investment of over 2 billion yuan, which will top the structure by the end of 2014. Besides, to make full use of its existing buildings, the group has begun the development of the Intelligence Wuxi Cultural Creation Park.