Date
28 July 2017
A blind date reality show on Chinese television. Beijing is taking aim at content that it considers to be promoting wrong values among people.
A blind date reality show on Chinese television. Beijing is taking aim at content that it considers to be promoting wrong values among people.

China to curb ‘vulgar’ reality TV shows

Chinese authorities will curb reality television shows that are deemed vulgar and harmful, replacing such shows with programs that promote “positive energy”, according to state media.

“High quality reality television shows will get great support. Those which lack values or meaning will be given more controls, and those which are vulgar and harmful will be investigated, dealt with or rectified until they are banned,” Xinhua cited the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television as saying Wednesday.

Reality television shows must be a force for transmitting “positive energy” and have a “positive educational purpose”, the media regulator was quoted as saying in a statement.

The announcement comes as some reality TV shows have earned the ire of Chinese officials for whipping up viewers’ emotions with populist content, Reuters noted.

Programs that have been questioned in the past have included singing contests, dating shows and those that feature too many luxury products.

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