Regulatory Agencies

SARFT

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT, abbreviated 广电总局) is the government agency in charge of broadcast media and directly supervises China National Radio, China Radio International and China Central Television.

Television programs and films must be submitted to SARFT for approval before they are allowed to be aired or screened. The administration tends to be conservative, making it a continual source of headaches for producers and directors who have to jump through hoops to please the censors. It's also eager to regulate online video and audio content, as well.

Other organizations under the direct control of SARFT include the China Film Group Corporation, the China Broadcasting Performing Arts Troupe, the China Council for TV Art, the Academy of Broadcasting Science, the Broadcasting Design Institute, the Radio & Television Publishing House, the China Film Art Center and the Information and Network Center.


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