Radio and Television Station of Shanghai
Shanghai Media Group
TypeState media
MottoSpread upward power and enrich people's lives (传播向上力量,丰富大众生活)
HeadquartersShanghai, China
Launch date
2014 (re-organize)
Official website Edit this at Wikidata
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
Headquarters of Shanghai Media Group

Radio and Television Station of Shanghai (RTS), a Shanghai-based state media outlet, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Shanghai Media Group (SMG), represent one of China's largest state-owned 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 billion (US$15B) on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2015. By June 2015, SMG has more than ¥61B (US$10B) in assets and about 17,200 employees.[1]

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.


Formed in 2001, SMG is the result of a merger between the People's Radio Station of Shanghai, East Radio Shanghai, Shanghai Television, and Oriental Television. 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 five 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 6 March 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] In October 2020, the United States Department of State designated Yicai Global as a foreign mission of the Chinese government.[13][14]

Television channels

Free channels

Channel Channel content Format Launch Date
Dragon Television main commercial terrestrial channel
Free-to-air in Shanghai only
formerly known as Shanghai Television
HDTV&SDTV 23 October 2003
1 October 1998 (Shanghai Television)
SMG News and General (STV) general and news channel HDTV&SDTV 1 October 1958
Yicai Television financial news channel
formerly known as Shanghai Television Economy
HDTV&SDTV 1 August 2003
SMG City TV entertainment channel
formerly known as Shanghai Television Lifestyle and Fashion
formerly known as Oriental Television
HDTV&SDTV 1 January 2019
SMG Oriental Film films, TV show series, and their relative informations HDTV&SDTV 26 December 1992
SMG Great Sports sports channel
formerly known as Shanghai Television Sports
HDTV&SDTV 8 October 2001
SMG DocuTV documentary channel HDTV&SDTV 1 January 2002
SMG International Channel Shanghai international English channel HDTV&SDTV 1 January 2008
Oriental Shopping Infomercial channels HDTV&SDTV 1 January 2008
Haha-Toonmax TV children animation channel HDTV&SDTV 1 January 2019
Oriental Pearl Mobile Television information channel specific used for metros, buses and outdoor LED panels SDTV 27 February 1994

Pay channels

Main article: Shanghai Oriental Pearl Media

Channel Channel content Format Launch Date
Golden Class learning platform for old peoples

(de facto free channel in Shanghai since March 1, 2021)

HDTV&SDTV 18 June 2021
SiTV Seven-color Opera Opera contents in Jiangsu, Shanghai and Zhejiang

(de facto free channel in Shanghai)

Oriental Financial financial comments

(known as Oriental Financial-Pudong)

World of the Law legality contents HDTV
New vision sports records, mainly football contents HDTV
UUSee Sports sports informations HDTV
Fascination Football football matches HDTV 21 March 2020
Happy color lottery, CFA Super League HDTV 1 September 2010
SiTV max automobile informations HDTV
Full Documentary documentary channel HDTV
Animation Show animation contents HDTV
Urban Theater TV series HDTV
Laugh Theater films, arts, documentary and sports informations 4K UHDTV
Lifestyle international fashion contents HDTV
Gamefy video games live and e-sport events HDTV December 2004

Radio stations

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.[15]

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 94.7
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)




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