Actually, there are two more channels (on the Hotbird sattelite 13°E): CCTV4 all in Chinese with soaps, news, docs; CCTV4 is controlled by Chinese Authorities and is therefore subject to heavy censorship. But it is rather comprehensive on international news and for National news, you just have to read between the lines as everybody does in China. In fact some docs are quite astonishing. It also has some programs in Cantonese and Minnanhua/Taiyu (weekends 5.pm.) Some soaps are quite good, recently they've been showing a lot of soaps in modern settings
You also have Tang Dynasty Channel (??????) ; it is the total opposite of CCTV4 and is accused by the Chinese authorities of being a mouthpiece for FalunGong.?Well, I have been watching it for a while and although it does report sometimes on FalunGong, its news is rather objective. It has soaps in Chinese (guoyu) and some Korean soaps dubbed into Chinese (all mandarin) It has one hour every day in Cantonese. And a daily programm to improve your English, explained in English.?Also TVBS does have daily news from Taiwan, the exact same news as on TVBS in Taibei.