Ban pro­posed for ra­dio, TV shows made over­seas

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

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.

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