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China Said to Push for More State Control Over Video Websites

  • Government plan said to including stakes, board seats
  • China’s Communist Party tightening grip over online content

China’s media regulator is proposing online video companies including Youku Tudou Inc. and Synacast Corp.’s PPLive sell equity stakes to the government in a move that would tighten its control over the businesses, according to people familiar with the matter

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television met the video providers on May 18 to detail the plan, said the people, asking not to be identified because the meeting was private. The regulator suggested the signing of non-binding agreements between video providers and the state companies taking the stakes by June 10, the people said.