14 Jan '11, 1pm

TV programs in China with local dialects will be gradually phased out of prime time

CHINA - TV PROGRAMS with local dialects will be gradually phased out of prime time, Huang Sheng, vice governor of East China's Shandong province, said on Thursday at a provincial meeting to promote Putonghua, or Mandarin - the main spoken language in China - Shandong Commercial Times reported. Ten years ago, China enacted the Law on Standard Spoken and Written Chinese Language. Mr Huang said media plays a leading role in promoting Putonghua; TV programs with local dialects need to be moved out of prime time. 'It may take time to finally achieve that goal,' said Mr Huang. But some linguistic experts are worried the rapid development of Putonghua will lead to the disappearance of some dialects. Some have suggested setting up dialect TV channels and holding dialect speech competitions among primary and middle school students. 'We should promote a multi-lingual environment for...

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