Qian Gang: What Does the Fate of Sun TV in China Tell Us?

In late November, television viewers found that they were no longer able to receive the broadcast signal from Sun TV. As Qian Gang writes for China Media Project, it is clear that the reformist network’s “broadcasts...

China Extends Prime-time Ban on Foreign Cartoons

In an attempt to provide a favorable environment for the innovation of China’s cartoon industry, SARFT says that from May 1, the prohibition on broadcasting foreign cartoons will be extended for one more hour. From...

China Bans 13 Sex-Related Radio Talk Shows – Xinhua

From Xinhua via China Daily: China’s broadcasting watchdog has banned 13 radio shows it deemed too pornographic from being broadcast by local radio stations in five central and southern provinces. Provincial broadcast stations in Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Guizhou and Hainan were said to have aired programs about “sex and drugs”, according to the State Administration […]

Broadcast Media in China Put On Notice – Edward Cody

The Washington Post reports on new efforts by the propaganda czars to control coverage of the upcoming NPC meetings: Communist Party propaganda chiefs have issued a stern new warning to China’s broadcast executives, saying news reports and entertainment should promote socialist loyalty and soothe tensions as the country enters a sensitive political season. The new […]

Plan to merge 3 major networks over 5 years – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via China Daily: China plans to merge three major networks – Internet, telecommunications and broadcasting – into one in the next five years, said a telecommunications expert yesterday. The merger of three networks has been included into the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010), which is still in the making, said Song Junde, professor at […]

On Chinese Television, What’s Cool Is No Longer Correct – Edward Cody

From the Washington Post: At first glance, the new rules handed down by China’s broadcasting authority seemed natural enough in a country where the Communist Party feels duty-bound to set the tone for everything, even pop music. Masters of ceremony on state television’s seemingly endless roster of variety shows, the regulations said, should avoid vulgarity, […]

Sex and the City (and China’s media crackdown) – Pietro Ventani

From Asia Times: 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 […]



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