China Spends $2.4 Billion on Rural TV Networks

Television signals now reach more than 95% of households in a country with a population of 1.3 billion.


BEIJING -- China spent 16 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) building rural television and radio networks over the last five years, networks that now cover "every village," the head of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) told local media on Thursday.

"In our vast country, many people in remote rural areas still cannot enjoy radio, television programs and films. Local governments have spent more money and other resources in building radio and TV networks and screening movies in these regions," Wang Taihua told The China Daily.

From 2006-2010, one of China’s top media regulatory bodies moved to ensure that satellite broadcast signals reached every village with more than 20 families, the state-run English-language newspaper reported.

Television signals reach more than 95% of China’s households in a country with a population of 1.3 billion, the largest in the world. Wang said that SARFT aims to upgrade the coverage of basic TV and radio networks to "every family" in China by 2015.

Meanwhile, SARFT says that digital film screening services now are available in 640,000 villages and that more than 7.8 million films were screened in rural areas last year. This number fulfilled the government body’s stated goal of showing each village at least one film every month.