Date
29 March 2017
Celebrities like the outspoken Jackie Chan (right) often appear on Chinese TV shows, but because they do not have the proper training, they cannot be allowed to perform the duties of hosts, Beijing says. Photo: Internet
Celebrities like the outspoken Jackie Chan (right) often appear on Chinese TV shows, but because they do not have the proper training, they cannot be allowed to perform the duties of hosts, Beijing says. Photo: Internet

China bans celebrities from hosting TV shows

China’s media regulator has banned celebrities, such as actors and actresses, from appearing as presenters on television shows, to ensure no “improper remarks” are made while on air, Reuters reported, citing state news agency Xinhua.

The government frequently takes aim at what it considers vulgar or politically inappropriate entertainment.

In the latest move to tighten controls on the state-run media sector, TV hosts must have proper vocational qualifications, which will be checked, Xinhua said, citing the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

“TV shows, including news, commentary and interview panels, should not recruit guests in the role of supporting host,” Xinhua said, citing the circular.

“TV hosts are responsible for the show, guiding the audience and controlling the pace of the live broadcast. Thus, it is unsuitable for guests to be hosts or presenters.”

Xinhua said: “TV stations often hire famous actors, actresses and celebrities as guest hosts, especially for popular reality shows, which might result in improper remarks or mistakes during live broadcasting.”

In May, the regulator said it would investigate an anti-Japan television serial that viewers have criticized as vulgar for a scene showing a woman making use of a grenade concealed in her crotch to kill Japanese soldiers.

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