Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Hassanpour, A.


Political Science, General.




China's TV news programming has three unique features: (1) it is the most tightly controlled medium; (2) it is an one-voice medium--one billion people can only receive news program from the same one channel and no one has any other choice; and (3) it is also the most effective medium wielded by the regime of that country. These unique features, along with the nation's politics, system and ideology, therefore, have made the situation of China's TV news programming in the past thirty years quite complex. However, China's economic and political reforms in the last decade have eventually and inevitably generated the country's media reform. Many changes, in terms of both content and format, have occurred in China's TV news programming, and they have brought a brand-new face to its television broadcasting, although a number of principal problems still remain. As the only TV station in Shanghai and the second largest TV station in China, during the last decade, Shanghai has developed most quickly in China's television broadcasting. This thesis, through a case study of Shanghai Television's news programming, examines what has happened, what is going on and what will possibly occur in China's media reform, and seeks the relation between programming changes and social changes. While this thesis pays more attention to finding out the significance of those changes, it also discusses the remaining problems and suggests the future trends of China's media reform.Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .H658. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0548. Chairperson: Amir Hassanpour. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.