You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

China OK’s cable TV

BEIJING — China, which says it cracked down on rogue cable TV systems to eliminate pornographic and violent programming, is now embracing the technology under tight regulation, the China Daily reported Tuesday.

Cable television now reaches only 30 million of China’s estimated 800 million TV viewers, mostly in cities.

But its reach is growing rapidly now that it has state approval, the official newspaper said.

“The goal is to set up bigger cable TV networks and produce more programs made in China,” the China Daily quoted television ministry cable TV director Zhou Caifu as saying.

Cable TV’s unchecked proliferation in recent years triggered a sweeping crackdown in 1992 as the communist government feared it was losing control of programming.

Beijing slashed the number of stations, granting licenses last year to just 307 urban and provincial carriers and 437 operated by factories for their work forces.

China’s priority is to wire the major cities for cable. Provincial capitals have been ordered to develop a comprehensive cable television development agenda.

Zhou indicated China would resist mounting pressure from overseas media giants to increase foreign programming, saying it would stress domestic production.

About one-third of China’s cable offerings are dated soap operas and other entertainment programs from the West.

The Communist Party, fearful of losing control of the propaganda machinery, last year cracked down on the fast growth of TV satellite dishes, which had allowed people to tune into offerings from Hong Kong and elsewhere.

More TV

  • Tiffany Haddish

    MTV Movie and TV Awards: 10 Standout Moments

    BEIJING — China, which says it cracked down on rogue cable TV systems to eliminate pornographic and violent programming, is now embracing the technology under tight regulation, the China Daily reported Tuesday. Cable television now reaches only 30 million of China’s estimated 800 million TV viewers, mostly in cities. But its reach is growing rapidly […]

  • Michael B. Jordan

    'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Reign at 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards (Full List)

    BEIJING — China, which says it cracked down on rogue cable TV systems to eliminate pornographic and violent programming, is now embracing the technology under tight regulation, the China Daily reported Tuesday. Cable television now reaches only 30 million of China’s estimated 800 million TV viewers, mostly in cities. But its reach is growing rapidly […]

  • Millie Bobby Brown

    Millie Bobby Brown Takes on Bullies at MTV Awards After Twitter Exit

    BEIJING — China, which says it cracked down on rogue cable TV systems to eliminate pornographic and violent programming, is now embracing the technology under tight regulation, the China Daily reported Tuesday. Cable television now reaches only 30 million of China’s estimated 800 million TV viewers, mostly in cities. But its reach is growing rapidly […]

  • 'The Bachelorette' Recap: Becca Kufrin Falls

    'The Bachelorette' Recap: Becca Kufrin Falls Hard for Garrett Yrigoyen

    BEIJING — China, which says it cracked down on rogue cable TV systems to eliminate pornographic and violent programming, is now embracing the technology under tight regulation, the China Daily reported Tuesday. Cable television now reaches only 30 million of China’s estimated 800 million TV viewers, mostly in cities. But its reach is growing rapidly […]

  • Short Form Digital Content Isn't Just

    Short Form Content Isn't Just Good for Execs, But Writers Too, as Emmy Voters Take Notice

    BEIJING — China, which says it cracked down on rogue cable TV systems to eliminate pornographic and violent programming, is now embracing the technology under tight regulation, the China Daily reported Tuesday. Cable television now reaches only 30 million of China’s estimated 800 million TV viewers, mostly in cities. But its reach is growing rapidly […]

  • Richard Valeriani

    Former 'NBC Nightly News' Correspondent Richard Valeriani Dies at 85

    BEIJING — China, which says it cracked down on rogue cable TV systems to eliminate pornographic and violent programming, is now embracing the technology under tight regulation, the China Daily reported Tuesday. Cable television now reaches only 30 million of China’s estimated 800 million TV viewers, mostly in cities. But its reach is growing rapidly […]

  • Jessica Parker KennedyHollywood Foreign Press Association

    TV News Roundup: 'The Flash' Ups Hartley Sawyer, Jessica Parker Kennedy to Series Regulars

    BEIJING — China, which says it cracked down on rogue cable TV systems to eliminate pornographic and violent programming, is now embracing the technology under tight regulation, the China Daily reported Tuesday. Cable television now reaches only 30 million of China’s estimated 800 million TV viewers, mostly in cities. But its reach is growing rapidly […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content