Shanghai Media Group

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Radio and Television Station of Shanghai
Shanghai Media Group
Availabilityin Shanghai,in China
Launch date
Official website
SMG Online
Shanghai Media Group
Simplified Chinese上海文化广播影视集团有限公司
Traditional Chinese上海文化廣播影視集團有限公司
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese上海广播电视台
Traditional Chinese上海廣播電視台
Literal meaningRadio and Television Station of Shanghai

Radio and Television Station of Shanghai (RTS), a Shanghai-based government institutions, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Shanghai Media Group (SMG) is one of China’s largest media and cultural conglomerates, with the most complete portfolio of media and related businesses. The Oriental Pearl Media Company under SMG was the first cultural and media company in China to realize a market capitalization totaling more than 100 Bln RMB ($15 Bln) on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2015. By June 2015, SMG has more than RMB 61 Bln ($10 Bln) in assets and about 17,200 employees.

SMG’s businesses span operations of radio and TV networks, signal transmission, newspapers and magazines, drama and film production and distribution, OTT and streaming, IPTV, online and console gaming, digital advertising, home shopping and e-commerce, financial data and information services, children’s arts training, TV post-production services, live entertainment, tourism and cultural investments, etc.

SMG has 15 cable and satellite TV networks, 13 radio frequencies, 15 subscription-based digital pay TV channels, 8 newspapers and magazines and transmits signals via airwaves, cables, satellite and IPTV. On the content side, SMG is a leading powerhouse in China in the production of TV and films, animation and documentaries. New media is a top priority for SMG. It is poised to set up a new media eco-system with the operation of mobile TV, OTT, web portals, apps and cloud services. SMG is also a strong player in live entertainment, owning 9 top art troupes, one circus school, 8 theatres, a number of live entertainment companies. In addition, SMG possesses some of the most famous landmark properties in Shanghai including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Mercedes Benz Arena and the International Convention Center. On the e-commerce front, SMG’s home-shopping is one of the largest in China with sales revenue of 8.5 bln RMB in 2014. SMG is also setting foot in cultural investments. It holds 20% of the shares of the Shanghai Disney Resort and has invested in a number of cultural investment funds including the China Media Capital, Shanghai Culture Industrial Investment Fund and the LDVP Venture Capital Fund.


Formed in 2001, SMG is the result of a merger between the People’s Radio Station of Shanghai, East Radio Shanghai, Shanghai Television Station, and Oriental Television Station. It has 11 analogue TV channels, 90 digital paid cable TV channels, an internet TV service, plus 10 analogue and 19 digital radio services. The group also operates and owns 5 sports centres and 14 cultural art centres. According to a survey of AC Nielsen, eleven of the group’s TV channels have achieved a market share of 76% during prime time in 2003.

In 2003 the group conducted a feasibility study with a view to set up a new English channel.[1] It renamed its Shanghai Broadcasting Network to Dragon TV and moved that channel's best-known English program "News at Ten" to Shanghai Television Business Channel and Dragon TV.[2] In January 2008, the Group launch a 24-hour English TV news channel, (ICS - International Channel Shanghai), the second in China after the state-own China Central Television's English channel (CCTV-9).[3] The content of ICS News is distributed on mobile and internet platforms by US Company China Animation Partners, LLC.

English radio programming includes "Live It Up, Shanghai" broadcasts on the East Radio channel (792am and 89.9fm).

On 2 October the Group hosted special concert to mark the 20th anniversary of South Korea and China's diplomatic ties, with performers including along Kim Jang-hoon, Super Junior-M and EXO-K.[4]

The Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group Pictures signed a movie development agreement, before the March 6, 2014 announcement, in which Chinese themes would be incorporated into Disney branded movies.[5]

Shanghai Media Group is the holding company of Yicai Global (China) (formerly known as China Business Network), which in addition to the TV channel also runs a magazine named CBN Weekly, a newspaper called CBN Paper, radio channel CBN Radio and a number of websites carrying the name.[6][7] In 2015 Alibaba Group paid 1.2 billion yuan ($193.5 million) to Shanghai Media Group for 30% of CBN's stocks.[8][9][10][11][12]

TV channels[edit]

Channel Channel content Format Launch Date
Dragon Television main Standard Chinese channel
Free-to-air in Shanghai only
formerly known as STV (Shanghai Television)
HDTV&SDTV 23 Oct. 2003
1 Oct. 1998 (STV)
STV News and General general and news channel HDTV&SDTV 1 Oct. 1958
CBN financial news channel HDTV&SDTV 1 Aug. 2003
Channel Young youth channel HDTV&SDTV 1 June 2009
STV Drama serial channel HDTV&SDTV 26 Dec. 1992
Great Sports sports channel HDTV&SDTV 8 Oct. 2001
DocuTV documentary channel HDTV&SDTV 1 Jan. 2002
STV Entertainment Channel entertainment channel
formerly known as OTV (Oriental Television)
HDTV&SDTV 18 Jan. 1993
STV Art Media artistic channel HDTV&SDTV 1 Jan. 2008
ICS international English channel HDTV&SDTV 1 Jan. 2008
OCJ 1 & 2 Infomercial channels HDTV&SDTV
Haha Kids children channel HDTV&SDTV 18 July 2004
Toonmax animation channel HDTV&SDTV 26 Dec. 2004

Radio stations[edit]

All Channels are using callsigns with a prefix of "Shanghai People’s Radio Station"(Chinese: 上海人民广播电台), but most programmes of them has been produced by of SMG Radio Centre (Chinese: 东方广播中心) (a.k.a. Shanghai East Radio Company Limited, Chinese: 上海东方广播有限公司) since 2014.[13]

Frequency Description
990 AM / FM 93.4 Shanghai News Radio (Former Shanghai People's Radio Station)
648 AM / FM 105.7 Shanghai Jiaotong Guangbo (Traffic Radio of Shanghai)
1296 AM / FM 90.9 Dong Guang Xinwen Tai (Created by former Shanghai People's Radio Station, not East Radio Company)
792 AM / 89.9 FM Dong Fang Dushi Guangbo (Driving FM)
101.7 FM Popular Music (POP 101) (Mandopop)
103.7 FM Love Music
94.7 FM Classical Music (Classical 947)
97.7 FM Economic/Business News (Diyi Caijing a.k.a. CBN)
107.2 FM Story Channel (The Story Broadcast of Shanghai)
1197 AM / FM 97.2 Marine Channel
94.0 FM Sports News (The Five-Star Sport News Channel)
98.1 FM Western Pop Music (KFM 981)




  1. ^ "Shanghai plans all English TV channel" 22 October 2003. Retrieved 2012-10-01
  2. ^ "Shanghai plans all English TV channel" People's Daily Online. 23 October 2003. Retrieved 2012-10-01
  3. ^ Chen, George (18 September 2007). "Shanghai Media plans English news channel in China". Reuters. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  4. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (27 September 2012). "Kim Jang-hoon to Donate 300 Mln Won For Afforestation in China". 10 Asia. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  5. ^ Peters, Chris; Sikka, Kanika (March 6, 2014). "Walt Disney, Shanghai Media Group to develop Disney-branded movies". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "China Business News Celebrates Fifth Anniversary". November 17, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Our Partner: China Business Network". Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Wei Gu, Gillian Wong (June 3, 2015). "Alibaba to Invest in China Business News". Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Shu Zhang, Paul Carsten (June 3, 2015). "Alibaba to invest in China Business Network to expand finance services: China media". Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  10. ^ Shai Oster (June 4, 2015). "Alibaba Expands Into Financial News With China Media Investment". Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Ingrid Lunden (June 4, 2015). "Alibaba Invests $194M Into China Business News To Build A Financial Data Platform". Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  12. ^ Mani (June 3, 2015). "Alibaba Group Holding Ltd To Invest $200M In China Business News". Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  13. ^ "东方广播网 ERC - 东方广播中心简介".
  14. ^ Kil Hye Sung (15 February 2012). "Chinese version of WGM, which stars T-ara's Hyomin and Super Junior's Kyuhyun, airs in Korea". Star News. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  15. ^ Leo Barraclough (October 21, 2015). "BBC, China's SMG to Co-Produce 'Earth,' Release 'Sherlock' in Chinese Theaters". Retrieved October 21, 2015.

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