Talent shows and reality television are among the programs that were cut by an order from the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) to curb ”excessive entertainment”. The news came as the president warned of the influence of Western culture.The list of restricted programmes also included talk shows and emotional stories that were deemed to be of “low taste”, said the Xinhua news report.
Bloomberg News writes:
China announced the plan in October as part of a broader effort by the Communist Party’s Central Committee to assert more control of the media and Internet as it grapples with rising social unrest over work conditions and government corruption. Reality TV can undermine the party’s line that China is becoming more “harmonious,” said Willy Wo-Lap Lam, an adjunct professor of history at Chinese University of Hong Kong.
BBC writes that China has the largest number of television viewers in the world – an estimated 95% of its 1.3 billion people.