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BBC World (China)

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what filtering takes place of BBC World programmes in China. (81848)

I understand that BBC World’s programmes in China are not filtered by the BBC but, as part of the channel’s distribution agreement, the channel signal is downlinked in China and, in common with other overseas satellite television broadcasters, is re-uplinked on the Sino satellite. On occasion BBC World’s signal has been interrupted or suspended by the Chinese authorities prior to the re-uplink of the signal on the Sino satellite platform.