Date: 9th January 2001

BBC Returning to China

Seven years after Rupert Murdoch, bowing to Chinese demands, kicked the BBC off his Asian Star TV network, the Chinese government has awarded a license to the British public broadcaster allowing it to transmit its World Television News Service to hotels and foreign residential compounds. Jeff Hazell, director of sales and distribution at BBC World, told the British Guardian newspaper, "This is the first time the Chinese authorities have positively granted us permission to broadcast. ... It's good to be able to regularize our relationship. and if the Chinese authorities are happy with how it works out, we hope it could lead to other things."

Source: Studio Briefing