TV news an­chors must speak Man­darin

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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