Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Journalism

Language

English

Abstract

Political pressure and censorship are unavoidable conditions for producing an entertainment show in Chinese TV. The relationships between a production team and the government are, however, extremely complex. Based on participant observation in a TV channel and in-depth interviews with related television professionals, this article analyses the tensions between production and politics in Chinese television. The article argues that a centralized and top-down model fails to capture all the aspects of power relations in television production. A more productive starting point is that television production necessarily involves negotiation between different participants. This article analyses relations between the production team, the central broadcasting authorities and local governments. The production team in this case study utilized different strategies to negotiate with multiple levels of government.

Keywords

China, ideological control, negotiated power, negotiation strategy, production studies, television format

Publication Date

1-2019

Source Publication Title

Media, Culture & Society

Volume

41

Issue

1

Start Page

54

End Page

69

Publisher

SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/0163443718764785

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163443718764785

ISSN (print)

01634437

ISSN (electronic)

14603675

Additional Files

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