Old News Rules in New China

Communist propaganda is alive and well in world's fastest-growing economy
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Mar 23, 2007 2:52 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Just about the only Western consumer product the Chinese aren't buying these days is news:  they're clinging tenaciously to their stodgy, state-run nighty news program, where not even the hairstyles have changed in decades.

That makes the "Network News Broadcast" one of the world's most watched news programs, if not the biggest. Officially, at least, 135 million people tune in every night for what is essentially an unvarnished propaganda machine that looks and sounds like a 1970s Communist Party bulletin.