China bans unauthorized channels of four TV, radio stations
Monday, August 13th, 2007

China banned unauthorized channels opened by four radio and TV stations, Beijing News reported today. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) ordered the four radio and TV stations to stop operation of these unauthorized channels with a deadline on August 10, the paper said.

Radio stations of Jiangsu, Nanjing and Hefei and Huaian TV stations had changed its channel or FMs names, callsigns and programme ranges without the SARFTs approval, the paper reported. SARFT found these unauthorized channels after intensified surveillance over the local radio and TV stations recently, an official with the SARFT was quoted by the paper as saying.

According to an anonymous radio station staff, technically, its quite easy for TV and radio stations to adjust their channels . He said that to adjust channels aims to get more market while competing with other stations.

SARFT has strengthened its supervision and administration of all channels of TV and radio stations recently. On August 2, the SARFT announced the ban on several types of commercials including, for the first time, sexually suggestive advertisements.

(Source: Xinhua)