China to limit number of Entertainment programs

From match-making game shows to dance broadcasts, and push to replace them with morality-building programming, China will limit the number of entertainment programs allowed to air on television, Chinese media reported on Tuesday.

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television starting next year will restrict shows that “record the dark and gloomy side of society.

According to news reports “For every satellite TV station, no more than two entertainment programs can be aired during prime time from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every night,”

The extra time slots would be filled with programs that “promote harmony, health and mainstream culture.”

The official Xinhua news agency said the directive aimed to guard against “excessive entertainment” by restricting game shows, talk shows, talents shows, and reality shows, among other types of programming.

At least two hours of news would have to be broadcast during the last six hours of the day on 34 stations, Xinhua said.

A notice of the announcement was not available on the agency’s website and telephone calls by Reuters went unanswered.

Chinese media reported in September that the watchdog had asked provincial television stations to limit certain types of broadcasts and boost production of shows about housekeeping and ethics, but the industry was waiting for formal notification.

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