19 December 2018

Ministries cancel Spring Festival galas, paper says

The Ministry of Culture has confirmed that it will not organize its annual Spring Festival television gala this year, ending a tradition that started in 1992, Beijing Youth Daily reported Thursday. The ministries of public security and civil affairs said they had also canceled their annual Spring Festival TV shows, leaving China Central Television’s (CCTV) much-watched gala the only one to air over the Lunar New Year. The shows are traditionally broadcast on the first day of the Lunar New Year. The decisions were believed to be in response to President Xi Jinping’s {習近平} call for austerity. CCTV said it will slash the budget for this year’s show, cutting lavish stage decor, special effects and invitations to celebrities, the report said.

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