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SAPPRFT Plans to Introduce New Regulations on Foreign Audio-Visual Products

Well-known Chinese news site Sohu recently published the draft version of the new regulations on bringing in and distributing foreign audio-visual products. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) released the draft not long ago to tighten up the control over the market for foreign entertainment content. The (draft) New Regulations now ban any broadcasting of foreign programs between 7 P.M.  and 10 P.M. unless the central government specifically approves. Foreign content cannot take up more than 30 percent of broadcast time during the day in its category. This applies to online broadcasting as well. Local governments will be fined if they are found to have allowed satellite based foreign content to be delivered locally. Domestic audio-visual content providers will be fined if their programs reveal foreign content provider logos, advertisements or related sounds and pictures. Also, foreigners participating in domestic programs are required to “promote core socialist values.”

Source: Sohu, September 20, 2018