China bans foreign participation in domestic TV channels

From Xinhua, via People’s Daily Online:

The Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) Tuesday issued a regulation banning any cooperation in channel operation between local TV and radio stations and foreign companies, Wednesday’s Beijing Morning Post reported.

The regulation stipulates that all local TV and radio stations should not rent their channels to foreign companies and also should not cooperate with foreign companies in running channels.

It also bans any cooperation with foreign companies in regular and live programs. Other kinds of cooperation with foreign companies should first be approved by the SARFT’s provincial branches.

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