Ban proposed for radio, TV shows made overseas
Radio and television stations in China could be banned from broadcasting overseas-made movies and TV shows during prime time, according to proposals by the State regulator. It has also suggested a complete ban on overseas news programs. A draft regulation released recently by the National Radio and Television Administration stipulates that broadcasters will not be allowed to air overseas audiovisual programs between 7 pm and 10 pm without approval from the regulator. Importing and broadcasting overseas news and current affairs programs would also be made illegal, it adds. The draft, which is open to public feedback until Oct 19, does not clearly define “overseas”, or jingwai in Chinese. However, according to China’s Exit and Entry Administration Law, jingwai refers to any region other than the Chinese mainland, indicating that the regulation would apply to movies and shows from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.