Of­fi­cials ques­tioned on Wuhan TV show

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of my friends from out­side Wuhan,” he said. “I have a WeChat ac­count, and al­though I never use it to con­tact my friends and rel­a­tives, I got more than 100 WeChat mes­sages ask­ing me about the pro­gram.”

Sup­ported by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, the pro­gram is seen as a way to pro­mote pos­i­tive change in of­fi­cials’ work­ing styles and to help them un­der­stand their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Though speak­ing highly of the pro­gram, mem­bers of the pub­lic called on the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to make ques­tion­ing of­fi­cials a reg­u­lar prac­tice.

“It is a good model that helps solve many prob­lems re­lated to peo­ple’s liveli­hoods,” said Zhang Zhuo, a pro­fes­sor of broad­cast jour­nal­ism at Wuhan Univer­sity who par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram. “It is very dif­fi­cult, how­ever, for county, pre­fec­ture or pro­vin­cial-level me­dia to su­per­vise gov­ern­ments that are at the same level.”

In­stead of be­ing broad­cast only twice a year, the pro­gram needs to be made reg­u­lar and more in-depth to help solve more prob­lems, she said.

She added that the pub­lic ex­pec­ta­tions of the me­dia shouldn’t be too high, be­cause so­lu­tions to prob­lems ul­ti­mately de­pend on the gov­ern­ment.

The gov­ern­ment should es­tab­lish a long-term mech­a­nism to help the pub­lic solve prob­lems, said Zhou Zhe, 35, an en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tant.

“It’s the most pop­u­lar TV pro­gram in Wuhan, and ev­ery­one around me is dis­cussing it,” he said. “As a Wuhan res­i­dent, I surely hope it can help to make Wuhan bet­ter. I hope it will not be­come a pro­gram about only rais­ing ques­tions.”

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