Founder Edward Lehman is the China legal news analyst for China Central Television (CCTV) News. CCTV News, formerly known as CCTV-9 or CCTV International is a 24-hour English news channel, of CCTV, based in Beijing. The channel grew out of CCTV International, which was launched on 15 September 2000 when Mr Lehman first began as a commentator capacity. CCTV News Mr Lehman's commentary includes participation in newscasts, in-depth reports, and commentary programs, as well as feature presentations. Mr Lehman appears in the medium worldwide due to CCTV's Free-to-air satellite signal which can be received by more than 85 million viewers, in over 100 countries and regions. Mr Lehman's CCTV commentary is also carried by Cable, DTH, IPTV, and Terrestrial TV platforms or systems in many nations on a wide range of issues on a number of programs on CCTV News over the years including: News Update and News Hour, China 24, and Asia Today, Biz Asia, Biz Talk, New Money, Dialogue and World Insight helping to provide legal based balanced and critical perspectives and analysis on current affairs affecting China related matters.