China tightens leash on media

Associated Press

Beijing, July 13:

China today tightened controls on its television and radio stations, announcing a ban

on forming partnerships with foreign broadcasters to operate channels.

The measure represents a step back from more liberal rules unveiled late last year in an effort to open China’s media market. Chinese broadcasters also are barred from leasing channels to foreign companies, according to a notice posted on the web site of the government’s television regulator. It said the rule took effect July 7.

Some foreign companies such as Viacom’s Nickelodeon have formed joint ventures with Chinese partners.