China to ban imported TV during primetime

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China is seeking to outlaw the broadcast of foreign TV shows during primetime and limit the volume of imported content that streams on China’s fast-growing video platforms according to a draft guidance by the National Radio and Television Administration

Current affairs-related content would be particularly targeted, with the administrations saying they would not allowed to be introduced to the country. The move comes amid a broader clamp-down targeting online content from livestreams and blogs to mobile gaming.

In the draft guidance, China’s media watchdog listed eight types of content that are not allowed to be imported to China, such as violence, terrorism, endangering social stability and harmful to national sentiment among others.


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