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State Administration of Radio, Film and Television

Film: Mainlanders don't take a shine to 'Iron Man 3' bonus feature

Compared with recent Hollywood blockbusters such as Django Unchained and Cloud Atlas, which did not escape the snips of Chinese censors, Iron Man 3 is much luckier.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 11:40am 1 comment

Merger of media regulator and censor, but no culture super-ministry

The proposal, made yesterday for consideration by the National People's Congress, would see the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) combine with the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) to create a new broadcast and press administration.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Xiaomi suspends set-top box amid illegal content talk

Xiaomi Technology's set-top box suspended services a week after it debuted in Beijing as rumours circulated that the device is under government investigation for violating broadcasting rules.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:59am

TV controls likely to be turn-off

Mainland television viewers will be relying more on the internet for their programmes after the top broadcast regulator ordered a series of new content rules, including a ban on remakes of foreign shows.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Mainland television land in a world all of its own

At first glance, the mainland's television viewers are spoilt for choice.

More than 1,600 terrestrial, satellite and cable services provide 3,000 channels, and every year more than 10,000 episodes of dramas are produced for television - the most in the world.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland cans drama

Mainland censors have banned a popular yet controversial TVB drama series When Heaven Burns with five episodes to go. It was the first local production to be banned in China in a decade.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong drama series banned on the mainland

Mainland censors banned a controversial 30-episode Hong Kong-made television drama series that has built up a large following across the border - with just five episodes to go.

A director at TVB said When Heaven Burns, a bleak portrayal of humanity and Hong Kong society, was the first local TV drama series to be banned on the mainland in a decade.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

New rules set off television scramble

Restrictions on televised entertainment issued by the broadcasting regulator on Tuesday have forced some provincial cable television networks to reorganise their programming schedules, with industry professionals and analysts expressing fears about falling ratings and declining advertising income.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Lessons in morality to muscle aside talent, dating, reality shows on TV

The mainland's fun police will limit the number of entertainment shows allowed on television from next year, replacing them with compulsory moral education programmes.

The move is part of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television's (Sarft's) anxiously awaited comprehensive regulations to clean up the national airwaves.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Fun TV makes way for lessons in morality

The mainland's fun police will limit the number of entertainment shows allowed on television from next year, replacing them with compulsory moral education programmes.

The move comes in the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television's (Sarft) anxiously awaited comprehensive regulations to clean up the national airwaves.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Filmmaker rebukes censorship agency

Renowned Chinese film director Feng Xiaogang has lashed out at the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the country's broadcasting and film regulator, saying 'ridiculous' censorship is detrimental to creativity.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

TV blackout on cartoons made abroad extended

Beijing is extending a ban on broadcasting foreign cartoons by an hour - from 5pm to 9pm - in a bid to protect the domestic animation industry, but industry sources say the ban may herald a complete blackout.

21 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

TV watchdog clamps down on commercials with sexual content

The mainland's TV watchdog has banned commercials with sexual content in an effort to tighten control over the small screen and 'create a healthy environment' ahead of National Day and this autumn's 17th Party Congress.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Politically inspired cleanup ordered for prime-time TV

Mainland authorities have ordered satellite TV networks to limit prime-time programming to 'ethically inspiring TV dramas' - yet another sign of the state's tightening grip over the media in a politically sensitive year.

Reports say the channels must reserve the main evening slot for dramas that show China in a positive light.

23 Jan 2007 - 12:00am