Department of Journalism
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.
China, ideological control, negotiated power, negotiation strategy, production studies, television format
Source Publication Title
Media, Culture & Society
Link to Publisher's Edition
Zeng, W., & Sparks, C. (2019). Production and politics in Chinese television. Media, Culture & Society, 41 (1), 54-69. https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443718764785