China Tightens Limits on Imported Shows on TV

By: AP
By: AP

BEIJING (AP) -- China's TV governing body has told broadcasters
they will be limited in the number of imported series they can

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television said late
Monday that under the new rules, no foreign TV series may be shown
during the prime-time hours of 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and that
overseas-produced shows can take up no more than 25 percent of the
total broadcast time each day.

The rules also say that domestic channels will not be allowed to
show too much programming from any one country or region.

The move comes in a politically sensitive year for China, with a
change in leadership planned, and after President Hu Jintao said
the Communist Party needs to get more control over Chinese culture.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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