China to ban ‘vul­gar’ re­al­ity TV shows

Lesotho Times - - Lifestyle -

BEI­JING –– China’s media reg­u­la­tor will ban “vul­gar and dam­ag­ing” re­al­ity tele­vi­sion shows and will or­der them to pro­mote de­cent Chi­nese val­ues rather sim­ply aim­ing for cheap en­ter­tain­ment, state news agency Xin­hua said on Wed­nes­day.

The gov­ern­ment fre­quently takes aim at what it con­sid­ers base, vul­gar or po­lit­i­cally in­ap­pro­pri­ate en­ter­tain­ment.

In the latest move to tighten con­trols on the state-run media sec­tor, re­al­ity tele­vi­sion shows must be a force for trans­mit­ting “pos­i­tive energy” and have a “pos­i­tive ed­u­ca­tional pur­pose”, Xin­hua said, cit­ing the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Press, Pub­li­ca­tion, Ra­dio, Film and Tele­vi­sion.

“At present, most of the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion shows are cor­rectly ori­ented, have healthy con­tent and are ac­claimed by so­ci­ety,” Xin­hua said, cit­ing an un­named spokesman for the reg­u­la­tor.

But some shows do not reach these high stan­dards, it said.

“High qual­ity re­al­ity tele­vi­sion shows will get great sup­port. Those which lack val­ues or mean­ing will be given more con­trols, and those which are vul­gar and harm­ful will be in­ves­ti­gated, dealt with or rec­ti­fied un­til they are banned.”

It did not give de­tails, but re­al­ity shows which have earned the ire of Chi­nese cen­sors in the past have in­cluded singing shows seen as whip­ping up view­ers’ emo­tions and dat­ing shows which fea­ture too many lux­ury prod­ucts.

Last month, the media reg­u­la­tor banned celebri­ties such as ac­tors and ac­tresses from ap­pear­ing as pre­sen­ters on tele­vi­sion shows to en­sure no “im­proper re­marks” are made while on air.

De­spite the re­stric­tions, Chi­nese peo­ple can easily ac­cess more racy en­ter­tain­ment from Tai­wan, Hong Kong, the United States or other coun­tries via the In­ter­net. –– Reuters

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