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Television in China is owned and operated by China Central Television/Chinese Central Television (CCTV) and is under the control of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television. It broadcasts 22 terrestrial channels dedicated to news, entertainment, music and more. Most channels are Mandarin-only. There are over 3,000 local and specialised channels available in China.

The Television transmission standard in China is PAL D. Only compatible televisions and accessories will work. Newer systems are multi-standard but check the user’s manual. Many channels are in HD, and a test-run 3D channel is available. China is moving to a digital standard and hopes to be completely digital by 2015.

Cable television is commonly used in Chinese cities, this includes the terrestrial CCTV channels and other local/provincial channels. Other packages/channels can also be received; OCN is one of the biggest providers and has a selection of international channels, including movies, news and sports (website in Mandarin).

24hr English-language news channel run by CCTV (China Central Television), state owned and controlled. Live news is broadcast on the hour. Other programmes focus on business, sports, culture and travel.

CRI (China Radio International), which broadcasts on 846 AM, offers national and world news, current affairs, commentaries on politics and music programmes. Many radio stations also stream their broadcasts on the internet. The main BBC stations and other English-language radio can also be received via many satellite TV installations or over the Internet. Previously broadcast programmes can often be listened to again or downloaded.

Daily international newspapers and a wide range of magazines are available from many news stands and newsagents throughout the country. English newspapers are available on the day of publication. China Daily is the national English-language state-controlled daily paper. As a newspaper group it also runs China Business Weekly and 21st Century Weekly. Another state-run daily newspaper focusing on domestic affairs is the Global Times. Other publications in Shanghai include the Shanghai Daily (daily newspaper with news, business, culture and society in Shanghai and the surrounding area), Metro Shanghai (off shoot of the Global Times for local news) and South China Morning Post (Hong Kong-based newspaper).

Magazines include TimeOut Shanghai (weekly magazine with restaurant reviews, Shanghai nightlife and activities and local listings), City Weekend (bi-weekly lifestyle and entertainment magazine), That’s Shanghai (monthly lifestyle magazine with features, culture, reviews and listings), Shanghai Business Review Monthly (magazine focused on business and the market in Shanghai and China), Vantage Shanghai (published every two months, focusing on high-end lifestyle culture) and Shanghai Family (monthly magazine focused on expatriate families and life, as well as providing information on education, activities, health and entertainment in Shanghai).





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