Shanghai Securities News, citing an anonymous source, reported the companies seeking IPOs include websites of China’s State broadcaster China Central Television, Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily, Beijing-based qianlong.com, Tianjin-based enorth.com.cn, Shandong-based dzwww.com, Shanghai-based eastday.com and other local online news websites.
The source was quoted as saying, "The Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) are actively pushing the listing of these websites and, at least, one or two websites will make it this year."
China Daily contacted the CSRC and a spokesperson did not deny the report, but declined to divulge any further details or to comment on the situation.
Xu Yaowen, an analyst with China Galaxy Securities, said that eastday.com has completed share-holding reform and could be the first of the websites to be listed in the A-share market.
China Daily.com reported that some analysts pointed out, as some of them belong to government agencies and are not wholly market oriented, they may not be able to get listing in the capital market like free-market companies.