China Mulls News Corp., AOL Time Warner Access

China is in negotiations to let News Corp. and AOL Time Warner broadcast directly to television audiences in limited parts of southern China, the government's broadcast authority said Wednesday.

A deal would be contingent on the two companies ensuring wide access to the United States for CCTV-9, the English-language channel of China's main government-controlled television network, said a spokeswoman for the State General Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

If negotiations are successful, China intends to allow New York-based AOL and Sydney-based News Corp. to broadcast to households in parts of Guangdong, a booming southern province next to Hong Kong, the official said. She refused to be identified by name.

``We have agreed that they can broadcast in parts of Guangdong, but not all the province. There are limits,'' she said. ``We hope that the two companies will help us get CCTV-9 — the English channel — into the United States.''