This May marks the 50th anniversary of the start of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural...
by Samuel Wade | Oct 4, 2012
In a televised presidential debate laden with dubious claims from both sides last night, initial polls declared Republican Mitt Romney the clear victor. Taiwan’s Next Media Animation agreed: Xinhua offered a rather drier...
by Scott Greene | Jan 5, 2012
Chinese television broadcasters have implemented deep cuts to their lineup of prime-time entertainment programming, reducing the number of such shows from 126 to 38 in order to comply with tough new government restrictions that...
by Kate Zhao | Jan 10, 2008
From The Times: Organisers lifted the curtain briefly yesterday on one aspect of the summer Games, many of which still remain shrouded in secrecy. They showed off one of the schools where young women were training to become one of only about 380 to carry the medals. A group of 32 girls, mostly in their […]
by Jonathan Ansfield | Mar 21, 2007
From the department of stupid TV trivia: The makers of China’s long-awaited spinoff of The Apprentice are soliciting advice from local psychiatric experts about methods to screen applicants, according to a source familar with the situation, in an effort to assemble just the right mix of money-grubbing young execs. Xue Tu (Â≠¶Âæí), as “The Apprentice […]
by Sophie Beach | Mar 17, 2007
In The Atlantic Monthly, James Fallows has written about reality TV in China. The full article is available by subscription only, but you can watch subtitled video clips of the shows here. From the article: Right now the curse of Chinese TV, apart from its being state-controlled and de facto censored, is the proliferation of […]
by Xiao Qiang | Jan 16, 2007
From BBC News: 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 […]
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