06 May '11, 6am

China TV stations told no spies or romance: Report - Straits Times

BEIJING - CHINESE authorities have told broadcasters not to air television dramas about crime, romance or espionage over the next three months and instead focus on patriotic programmes, state media reported on Friday. Authorities said stations should show The Oriental, a drama about the People's Republic of China's early days, to salute the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party's founding on July 1, according to the Global Times. Stations in Shanghai, Tianjin, and the eastern province of Zhejiang have since pulled a drama about spies and underground party members before the Communists took power in 1949, the party-linked newspaper said. The order by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) came before the May 1 holiday and followed reports of similar instructions last month banning dramas involving time travel back to ancient dynasties. Offi...

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