Posted by: mulrickillion | February 28, 2012

Beijing further restricts foreign television shows

Editor: Joshua Eisenman, China Reform Monitor, No. 951, Feb 28, 2012 —

February 14:

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has announced that foreign TV shows will no longer be aired from 7:30 to 10:00pm. Foreign TV series also cannot run longer than 50 episodes and should comprise “no more than 25% of programming each day,” according to the decree. Local TV channels are not allowed to show too many programs from one particular region, the regulator said, without further explanation. All foreign shows must be approved and cannot have violent or vulgar content. Stations that violate the new rules face “severe punishments,” the BBC reports. The rules are part of a series of new regulations on TV programming. 

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