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Anhui Province to Crack Down on Unregistered TV Stations

Yang Jian, an official with the Anhui Broadcast and Television authorities admitted, "In Anhui, privately operated illegal television stations do exist. The [Broadcast and Television] Bureau will increase its efforts to crack down on these illegal television stations.” Yang’s remarks were made in response to Internet blogs which state there are over 1,000 such unregistered TV stations. Yang denied that the number was that high. Either individuals or groups operate these unregistered TV stations. Due to their high degree of mobility and low start-up cost, it is difficult to detect them and crack down. These TV stations primarily broadcast entertainment programs, including movies and local performing arts. Their main source of revenue is from advertising.

Source: People’s Daily, March 22, 2011