China’s media watchdog is considering providing a rating system for television series, which would see certain shows aired on designated channels and at later times. The move could potentially help the US and other overseas companies overcome censorship hurdles as they’re trying to get their shows into the mainland market, as it would provide a clear guide as to what’s allowed on air and what’s off-limits.
“China has entered the research stage for rating system for dramas,” Tian Jin, deputy director of the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television was quoted as saying in the Legal Daily paper.
“We are studying the materials for TV dramas ratings from more than 10 countries and regions. Not only are we considering about certain time period, but also some specialized designated channels.”
In order to be aired in China, the first full season of a foreign drama, with subtitles, must be presented to the censorship board and approved.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The authorities are reportedly considering three categories: shows unsuitable for minors, those suitable with parental advisory and those appropriate for all audiences to see.”