Chinese regulators say broadcasters should be run by politicians

Top Chinese regulators have emphasized that broadcasters must be run by politicians to campaign to discourage public entertainment. Analysts say the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is turning a television station into its absolute mouthpiece.

On October 29, the Advertising Department of the Central CCP Committee and China’s national radio and television stations summoned the top four broadcasters nationwide in terms of entertainment programming. The institutions are Shanghai Media Group, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation, Zhejiang Guangban Electric Television Group, Hunan Broadcasting System, and the state media reported.

The four institutions Among the most popular In China for an entertainment program by audience rating.

Regulators criticized them for the “excessive entertainment” of the program, which included a celebrity fan culture, but they said it needed to change. “Broadcasters should be run by politicians,” the regulator emphasized. Authorities reiterated the current rhetoric of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who must promote socialist values.

US-based writer and commentator David Lee told The Epoch Times that the Chinese Communist Party has long considered this move to increase control of the media.

“The four broadcasters have gained popularity thanks to their efforts to adapt to the market,” Li said. “But this makes the public relations department and government bureaucrats of the Central CCP Committee even more uneasy.”

Critics believe that broadcasters should be run by politicians, with all dissemination media reduced to CCP stereotyped mouthpieces and unilateral messages from available sources to the public. Means to limit.

“Censorship on four stations only keeps young viewers away from television,” commentators said. “The content of the occasional sermon does not interest anyone to see.”

“On the contrary, with any common sense, people get sick and vomit.”

Wu Tae, an independent commentator on China, also dismissed the Chinese Communist Party’s move as stupid in an interview with The Epoch Times.

According to Wu, China’s TV viewership has already dropped significantly as Chinese Communist censorship has undermined innovation and free dialogue in the entertainment industry. “If these popular shows are removed, the audience will be even smaller.”

According to Wu, current Chinese Communist Party leaders may be concerned that entertainment programs are getting too much attention from people and threatening increased political brainwashing. He argued that invasive teaching on television, in turn, increased rebellious sentiment, which did not help maintain social stability. Ultimately, mouthpieces no longer effectively deceive the Chinese audience.

Conversely, Mr Wu said entertainment programs effectively serve as a distraction from everyday difficulties under the Chinese administration.

Mr Wu also referred to the late Communist Party leader Mao Zedong for his policy in favor of politicians running a broadcaster in China. Mao Zedong said in 1957 that Chinese newspapers should be run by politicians, he said. Memoirs According to a former Chinese senior journalist, Mao himself has announced that he will directly appoint or dismiss the editor-in-chief of the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the CCP’s central committee, and meet his agenda in his leadership. ..

Xi has readjusted with many of Mao’s tactics with current rules.

Luo Ya contributed to this report.

Frank Yue


Frank Yue is a Canadian-based journalist in The Epoch Times, covering news related to China. He also holds a master’s degree in English and literature from Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China.