From Associated Press via The Times of India:
China’s government has banned televised fortunetelling schemes, saying they promote superstition and overcharge customers.
The order, issued Monday by the Ministry of Information Industry , bans the advertising programs that generally run late at night or on weekday afternoons, urging people to text message or call a special pay-per-call phone number to have their fortune told. The programmes claim to be able to determine a person’s fortune based on family name, or reveal marriage prospects as well as career and health futures. Other programs urge viewers to send a text to a special number for a chance to win cash or prizes such as MP3 players or digital cameras. [Full Text]