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China to Limit Airing of Foreign Imported Television Programs

Xinhua published an article reporting on a notice that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued. The notice stated that, currently, original produced television programs are lacking in China and China is overly relying on programs imported from foreign countries. The notice said that more domestic original programs need to be produced, which will carry a heavier weight, versus imported programs that are aired during evening prime time. At the same time, it also initiated a plan to limit the number of foreign programs that China imports. According to the plan, foreign programs must go through a two month of advanced application and approval process. Collaboration work between China and foreign companies is treated a foreign program if China does not own 100 percent of the intellectual property. A limited number of foreign programs may be aired during evening prime time.

Source: Xinhua, June 19, 2016