TV news anchors must speak Mandarin
To promote the use of Mandarin and regulate the use of languages during TV shows, news anchors and TV guests must speak in Mandarin and avoid dialects and foreign languages, according to a notice from the country’s media regulator.
The notice also applied to TV pundits and guests as television stations are required to guide them on the proper use of language during live shows. It does not apply to TV and radio programs that are broadcast in the languages of ethnic groups.
The measure aims to further promote the use of Mandarin and regulate the use of languages during TV shows, the notice said.
Despite the government’s effort to promote Mandarin nationwide, about 30 percent of the population, or 400 million people, cannot speak it, and a large number of people do not speak Mandarin well, according to the Ministry of Education.