China to step up anti-graft drive in media and broadcasting sector

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

China’s top graft-buster will step up inspections in the television and broadcasting sector this year, an official in charge of the anti-graft drive in the industry has said.

Li Qiufang, head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection team at the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, said her team had studied common manoeuvres – especially “unwritten rules” – of corrupt officials in the industry and found out that situations that involved buying television dramas, holding large-scale gala performances and opening satellite channels were hotbeds for graft.

Running advertisements, news reporting and setting up overseas branches were also areas open to corrupt practices and would receive more attention from her team, she said.

The CCDI would introduce an anti-graft code of conduct for media employees in the publishing, television and broadcasting industry this year, Li said. NGOs in the sector would be encouraged to come up with their own code of conduct, she added.

Li said 49 officials from the sector were investigated for corruption last year – the highest number in five years. In the state television media’s business and finance channel alone, eight executives, hosts and programme directors were taken away for corruption investigation.

Six Anhui Television officials had been put under probe since October, The Beijing Times reported. An official in charge of censoring television dramas by Chinese producers was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years’ jail for taking bribes totalling 300,000 yuan (HK$377,000), the newspaper said.



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