The World: Beijing - Government tightens restrictions on foreign TV

The Chinese government is banning new foreign TV channels from launching in the country and increasing censorship on imported programmes.

It will also tighten controls over the 31 foreign satellite broadcasters that hold licences in the country, as well as restricting the issue of new licences for companies to import newspapers, magazines, electronic publications and children's cartoons.

The moves are part of the government's attempt to tighten its control over popular culture in a bid to "safeguard national cultural safety".

Last month, the government banned partnerships between Chinese broadcasters and foreign companies, while in 2004 it prohibited the use of English words on TV and banned foreign programmes that promoted a Western ideology.