Newspapers and magazines
Xinhua is a news agency of the Government, with presence in every province of the Chinese country. The state has a monopoly on domestic news that is why the information often is biased. You can read their version of events in the China Daily, one of the English-language newspapers, in Beijing and in other major cities.
Currently, more than 2,000 newspapers are published in China, everyone under the control of the Government.
Major national newspapers include People's Daily (the official paper of the Government), Liberation Army Daily (the paper of China's Central Military Commission) and Guangming Daily (a paper popular among educators and scientists).
There are some glossy publications like Beijing Review and Business Beijing, with articles that cover investment occasions, the latest state successes, and interesting places to visit. Among the most influential magazines are Seeking Truth and Outlook with articles about cultural, social, and economic topics.
In the tourist hotels and some particular places of the larger cities you may find copies of imported and uncensored publications such as Time, Newsweek and the Far Eastern Economic Review.
Hong Kong is a singular city that has a variety of English-language newspapers like the South China Morning Post, the Hong Kong Standard and the Eastern Express. In Hong Kong you can get also a good number of international magazines like Asian Wall Street Journal or USA Today. Publications in Hong Kong have more independent articles, and sometimes they are critical of the Government, even thought this region is part of the Chinese nation.
Television and radio
The most important television station is the state-run China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing, which today offers 16 channels of diverse topics to the entire nation. CCTV also broadcasts abroad with two foreign language channels, one in English and one in both French and Spanish. In the last two decades the Chinese Government improved the cable television business and via satellite services.
In general, Chinese television is rarely interesting. Domestic travel, wildlife programs, music and dance are common. Soap operas, historical dramas, old imported American thrillers and war films are also popular.
The largest radio broadcaster is also property of the Chinese state. The state-run China National Radio is located Beijing, but there are also government-run radio stations at the provincial and local levels.
On the radio you often hear the newest soft ballads from Hong Kong or Taiwan, or Chinese versions of Western pop songs. The shortwave World Service frequency fluctuates depending on where you are in the country and what time of day it is.
- There are about 2,200 newspapers and more than 7,000 magazines and journals in the country.
- There are 35 TVs for every 100 people.
- There are approximately 700 conventional television stations plus about 3,000 cable channels and 1,000 radio stations.
- There are 8 cable television subscribers for every 100 people (the world’s largest cable television market).
- Radio broadcasts reach more than 90 percent of the Chinese population.