China Cracks Down on International TV Formats

Jun 20, 2016  •  Post A Comment

China has issued strict new rules limiting the adaptation of international TV formats for the Chinese market. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the central media regulator indicated the move is an attempt to “promote domestic originality.”

“The new directive, which was published Saturday on China.com, a news portal run by the Cabinet’s information office, said that local satellite broadcasters will no longer be allowed to air remakes of popular international reality shows — such as the wildly popular ‘The Voice of China,’ based on the format created by Dutch TV producer Talpa, now owned by ITV — without first getting official approval,” THR reports. “Additional restrictions will curtail the number of such shows that are allowed into the Chinese market each year.”

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television reportedly said in a statement: “Only domestically invented TV programs in the Chinese cultural tradition can properly convey the Chinese Dream, core socialist values, patriotism and Chinese traditions.”

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