Wait a minute: what is a show about a group of single women obsessed with shoes and sex doing on China’s primetime TV schedule? Aren’t China’s TV censors known for diligently filtering out any content that is deemed unsuitable?
Welcome to the grey area of China’s media policy, a zone where foreign media companies have developed ways to navigate around tight regulations and get on the local airwaves. But it looks like the party (with a small ‘p’, mind you) may be coming to an end. In the last few months, Chinese regulators have announced a number of measures aimed to restrict the presence of foreign channels.