Transformations of state television production, consumption, and regulation in Vietnam

Authored by: Chi Thong Ma , Catherine Earl

Routledge Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138959927
eBook ISBN: 9781315660509
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In the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a single-party communist state that underwent macro-economic reform in the mid-1980s, the television sector continues to be controlled by the government. However, the increasing effects of media globalization since the 1990s have had a profound effect on the Vietnamese television industry. In recent years a rise in viewer demand for particular types of programs has prompted state-owned television stations to take on board new approaches to production. Private media companies have become more directly involved in the production for television of high-rating formats such as drama films and a variety of interactive programs, including game shows, talk shows, and reality shows. Yet, strict monitoring and control of content by the state are posing challenges to private TV producers.

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