China's most famous news anchor detained for corruption

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GUANGXI, CHINA - MARCH 31: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT) Rui Chenggang at 2013 ASEAN Regional Economic Development Forum on Sunday March 31, 2013 in Nanning, Guangxi, China. (Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
GUANGXI, CHINA - MARCH 31: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT) Rui Chenggang at 2013 ASEAN Regional Economic Development Forum on Sunday March 31, 2013 in Nanning, Guangxi, China. (Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
GUANGXI, CHINA - MARCH 31: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT) Rui Chenggang at 2013 ASEAN Regional Economic Development Forum on Sunday March 31, 2013 in Nanning, Guangxi, China. (Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
GUANGXI, CHINA - MARCH 31: (CHINA MAINLAND OUT) Chenhuai,director of MHURC and Rui Chenggang at 2013 ASEAN Regional Economic Development Forum on Sunday March 31, 2013 in Nanning, Guangxi, China. (Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
Director and anchor of China Central Televison (CCTV) Rui Chenggang talks during a CCTV televised debate focusing on China's growth at the World Economic Forum on January 29, 2010 in Davos. The World Economic Forum is attended by 2500 top politicians, captains of industries and civil society leaders. AFP PHOTO ERIC PIERMONT (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
(From L) Director and anchor of CCTV moderator Rui Chenggang, Yale University President Richard Levin, World Trade Organisation Director General Pascal Lamy, Hony Capital CEO John Zhao, Nasdaq QMX Group CEO Robert Greifeld attend a TV debate hosted by Chinese CCTV during the World Economic Forum meeting 2012 in Davos on January 26, 2012. More than 2,600 businessmen, politicians, leaders of non-governmental organisations or scientists and hundreds of journalists pack the resort each year for the World Economic Forum. AFP PHOTO / ERIC PIERMONT (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
Director and anchor of China Central Televison (CCTV) Rui Chenggang speaks during a CCTV televised debate focusing on China's growth at the World Economic Forum on January 29, 2010 in Davos. The World Economic Forum is attended by 2500 top politicians, captains of industries and civil society leaders. AFP PHOTO ERIC PIERMONT (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
Director and anchor of China Central Television (CCTV) Rui Chenggang (L) talks with Director of the Center for China in the World Economy (CCWE) David Li Daokui during a CCTV televised debate focusing on China's growth at the World Economic Forum on January 29, 2010 in Davos. The World Economic Forum is attended by 2500 top politicians, captains of industries and civil society leaders. AFP PHOTO ERIC PIERMONT (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
Rui Chenggang (L), Director and anchor of China Central Televison (CCTV) talks during a CCTV televised debate focusing on China's growth at the World Economic Forum on January 29, 2010 in Davos. The World Economic Forum is attended by 2500 top politicians, captains of industries and civil society leaders. AFP PHOTO ERIC PIERMONT (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
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BY BEN LAWSON

Rui Chenggang, a star anchor on state run China Central Television, has been detained as part of a wide investigation into corruption within the nation's Communist Party. (Via World Economic Forum / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

State-run People's Daily tweeted Saturday that Rui had been taken into custody.

CCTV's vice director of financial news Li Yong was also detained, and South China Morning Post reports 1 million yuan or about $160,000 U.S. was found in his office.

China's Most Famous News Anchor Detained For Corruption

The producers for Rui's widely watched show, "Economic News," were reportedly not informed prior to him being taken into custody, leaving his co-anchor to do the show accompanied by an empty chair and microphone.

Rui has been called the "face of new China" and commands more social media followers than any other CCTV personality.

The New York Times reports CCTV has started taking down all content related to Rui and scrapping all on-air advertisements featuring him and his show.

According to Financial Times, this particular anti-corruption probe began last year and shows no sign of slowing down. The Communist Party worries widespread rumors of corruption could seriously threaten its one-party rule.

CNN points out suspicion was first put on Rui when his longtime friend and head of CCTV's financial news channel was detained last month for allegedly accepting bribes.

Authorities in China have not made public the specific reason behind Rui's detainment as of Saturday.

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