25 Oct '11, 11am

China to cut back on entertainment shows on TV and replace them with 'morality-building programming'

BEIJING - China will limit the number of entertainment programmes allowed to air on television, from match-making game shows to dance broadcasts, and push to replace them with morality-building programming, Chinese media reported today. China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television starting next year will restrict shows that "record the dark and gloomy side of society", the Southern Metropolis Daily said. "For every satellite TV station, no more than two entertainment programmes can be aired during prime time from 7.30pm to 10.00pm every night," the newspaper said, citing a directive from the national broadcasting watchdog. Instead, the newspaper said, the extra time slots would be filled with programmes that "promote harmony, health and mainstream culture". The state-run Xinhua news agency said the directive aimed to guard against "excessive entertainment" by...

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