China bans new foreign TV channels in clampdown

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  • Wednesday, 03 Aug 2005

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will forbid any new foreign-owned TV channels from entering the country, according to a report on Wednesday, expanding an industry clampdown and placing plans by Disney and Viacom on indefinite hold. 

Analysts said the latest curb could be a reaction to the accelerating expansion of foreign participation in local media, in a country where the media is traditionally more a propaganda tool than a form of entertainment. 

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