China Moves to Clean Up TV Screens – Xinhua

From Xinhua:
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The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) will crack down on vulgar reality shows in 2007, said Wang TaihuaÔºàÁé㧙ÂçéÔºåÂéüÂÆâÂæΩÁúÅÂßî‰π¶ËÆ∞Ôºâ, general director of the SARFT on Friday…

The move is part of the efforts to “clean up TV screens,” said Wang at an annual work conference attended by heads of provincial bureaus in charge of radio, film and TV studios and programs. Other measures include tighter supervision of legal and entertainment programs.

“There have been too many reality shows on our TV screens,” Wang complained. “Many are low-quality, low-brow programs, only catering to the bottom end of the market.” [Full Text]

Related Xinhua report: China to crack down on illegal online broadcasters says, “China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has issued a circular Wednesday ordering a crackdown on companies illegally broadcasting TV programs on the Internet…According to China’s Regulations on the Management of TV and Radio Stations, TV and radio stations can only be established by government departments and government-affiliated radio and TV groups…
Broadcasters in violation of the regulation could be fined up to 30,000 yuan (3,750 U.S. dollars) and even prosecuted.”

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