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China Censor Cracks Down on TV Talent Shows

Posted by Author on September 22, 2007

By Richard Spencer in Beijing, The Telegraph, UK, 22/09/2007-

The ever fiercer battle between the Chinese censor and popular Pop Idol-style talent shows took a new twist last night when they were banned from prime-time television.

The state administration of radio, film and television published a long letter on its website in which it laid down the law for talent shows, which it has accused of promoting “vulgarity”.

As well as limiting the times that shows can be broadcast, it also says that only the finals can be shown live, and demands closer scrutiny of the moral fibre of contestants at the auditions.

“Currently, some television talent shows have vulgar problems concerning the design, judges, performance of the contestants, which have damaged the media image and caused strong reactions from viewers,” the letter said.

“The performing style, language, hair and clothing of the contestants must be in line with the taste of the masses.”

Super Voice Girls, closely modelled on Pop Idol, became one of the most successful series ever shown on Chinese television.

Some senior figures from the propaganda department started expressing reservations and saying television should promote “higher culture”.

– Original report from telegraph.co.uk : China cracks down on TV talent shows

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