CMC’s International Conference on China’s Media Go Global held at Tsinghua University

Photo1The annual CMC academic conference China’s Media Go Global was held in September 2014 at Tsinghua University. Co-sponsors were School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University; Tsinghua-Epstein Centre for Global Media and Communication and the Chinese Association of Global Communication. Over 60 scholars and experts from different continents gathered to discuss China’s media internationalising. Keynote speakers included Professor Daya Thussu (India Media Centre, University of Westminster), Professor Anne-Marie Brady (University of Canterbury), Qu Yingpu (China Daily), Chen Lidong (CCTV) and Yan Chengsheng (International Cooperation Department of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China). The conference was managed by Alja Kranjec.

A selection of the papers for publication as a special issue of an international, peer reviewed journal or book will be published in 2015.

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studio photoPaul Jackson investigates the TV industry in China and the British producers trying to tap this enormous market. As China reaches out to the West for new formats, how are those ideas changed to reflect Chinese tastes and cultural sensitivities and which shows become winners with the audience? Paul Jackson also discovers how programme makers within China are trying to create original content and bring it to our screens too.

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