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CHINA SLASHING ENTERTAINMENT TV SHOWS

October 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Chinese authorities have ordered satellite broadcasters in the country to cut down on entertainment programs and programs that are licensed from foreign producers and instead offer more domestically produced shows that are “morality building,” China’s official People’s Daily reported today, citing a directing by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. It also said that at least seven and a half hours a day be devoted to news, educational programs and service shows. The newspaper acknowledged that the new directives will probably “give a headache for choices to station chiefs.” Particularly hard hit will be popular talent shows licensed from overseas — such as China’s Got Talent, Chinese Idol and the Voice of China. Under the new rules, they may not be aired between 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and only one such program will be approved every three months.