Top Private Web Sites Left Out in China Web Video License Flood

The Chinese web video regulation drama continues as China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television announces it has issued 247 video-sharing licenses–but not to the big three private sites, Tudou.com, Youku.com and 56.com. From XFN via Forbes:

‘We will keep trying our best to obtain a license,’ Gong Xiaoli, a Tudou.com public affairs official, told XFN-Asia.

According to the SARFT statement, licensees are mainly state-owned TV stations or news agencies such like Xinhua, as well as the central government broadcaster’s website CCTV.com.

China’s major portals such as Sina.com, Sohu.com (nasdaq: SOHU – news – people ) and 163.com have been licensed.

The announcement comes a few days after Caijing reported that SARFT had granted licenses to three small private sites (Ku6.com, Uusee.com and 6.cn).

For background on the ban, see this post by Sky Canaves on the Wall Street Journal’s China Journal blog.

June 20, 2008 1:02 AM
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