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China's ruling party is seeking to abolish the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) and replace it with a media regulator under the direct control of cabinet.

China flag 13 March 2018The proposals, unveiled on Tuesday (13 March) will be considered by China's National People's Congress later this week.

"The proposed administration directly under the State Council will be responsible for drafting policies and measures for radio and television management and their implementation, coordinating development of broadcasting undertakings and industries, promoting institutional reform in the sectors, importing radio and television programmes, and facilitating the sectors to go global," reported China's state news agency Xinhua.

The change is part of a Government overhaul to eliminate bureaucracy and to increase party leaders' and President Xi Jinping's involvement in all aspects of policymaking. Under the sweeping changes, the time limit on a presidential term will be scrapped from China's constitution, enabling Xi to remain leader of the country indefinitely. Additionally, the country's banking and insurance regulators are to be merged, and special agencies to oversee immigration and military veteran affairs will be established. In total, there will be a reduction of State Council ministries from 34 to 26.

Under the changes, state media networks China Central Television (CCTV), China Radio International and China National Radio may also be merged into a single broadcasting body.

SAPPRFT, which is responsible for the state's media organisations as well as content censorship, was established in March 2013 by the merger of two Government regulators: the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) and the General Administration of Press and Publication.