China has threatened to crack down on “vulgar reality shows” this year, in a fresh drive to clean up what domestic viewers can watch on their TV screens.
But the surge in audiences watching competition-based reality TV suggests that the moral crusade will face opposition not just from viewers but also dissenting voices in China’s media industry.
“There have been too many reality shows on our TV screens. Many are low-quality, low-brow programmes, only catering to the bottom end of the market,” said Wang Taihua, general director of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). [Full Text]