Living Revolution | Television
China's first television station began broadcasting in May 1958.
There was only one channel, airing two to three hours of news,
documentaries, entertainment, and educational programs a few times a
week, starting at 7 PM. Approximately 26,000 television sets were
produced and sold between 1958 and 1965, but private ownership was
rare; television viewing was more of a collective activity.
During the Cultural Revolution, broadcasts were tightly controlled. Entertainment programs consisted of the revolutionary model operas, and news programs scrolled "Quotations from Chairman Mao" against a background of music praising Mao, or perhaps ran stories depicting the power of Mao Zedong Thought.
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