China’s anti-graft authorities are investigating a state television producer, who is a relative of a former presidential aide currently being probed for corruption, local media reported on Monday, as the Chinese government widens efforts to crackdown on corruption.
Luo Fanghua, a producer for the business channel of China Central Television (CCTV), is the latest to join many of the state broadcaster’s senior producers, executives and journalists who had recently been investigated over corruption charges. Luo is married to the brother-in-law of Ling Jihua -- a former top aide to Chinese President Hu Jintao -- who came under investigation in December, Reuters reported, citing ThePaper.cn, a local news website.
Luo's husband, Gu Yuanxu, who also once worked at CCTV, was terminated from his post of deputy public security chief of Heilongjiang, China's northeastern province, after Ling came under investigation, according to ThePaper.cn, which cited financial news magazine Caixin.
Ling, who was previously the head of the General Office of the ruling Communist Party’s central committee, was demoted in September 2012 when media reports surfaced that his son had died after crashing his Ferrari sports car in Beijing.
According to ThePaper.cn, a total of eight senior directors, producers and anchors from CCTV's business channel, including director Guo Zhenxi and vice-director Li Yong, were interrogated over bribery charges in the past year, Reuters reported.