China censors 'vulgar, money-worshipping’ reality shows

2015-07-23 09:09
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Beijing - China's media watchdog denounced reality TV shows and ordered broadcasters to "repel vulgarity, vanity and money worship," state media reported on Wednesday.

There has been a boom in reality shows in China recent years, but some were overly "profit-driven and depraved," the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television said.

"Despite their high ratings, [they] lack valuable content and some even promote vulgar or wrong values," it said.

In the latest move to tighten controls on the state-run media sector, the agency ordered reality shows to "uphold socialist core values and repel vulgarity, vanity and money worship."

It did not name specific shows, but ordered all channels to minimise participation of minors and "break away from heavy dependence on the introduction of foreign formats such as Korean and American variety shows," the Xinhua news agency reported.

Chinese reality shows that derive from South Korea include Dad, Where Are We Going? and Running Man. The former features celebrity fathers and their offspring camping, while the latter involves contestants competing against each other in challenges.

Previous reality shows to earn the ire of censors include singing shows that stir up emotions and dating shows featuring too many luxury products.

When the popular Jiangsu TV show We Are in Love was taken off the air in February, online rumors suggested the reason had to do with not enough regular people appearing on it.

"Instead of only touting pop stars," shows should be based on real life and focus on ordinary people, the watchdog agency said.

Some shows "are merely making a fuss about nothing or agitating extravagance and luxurious lifestyles," it said.

The undesirable tendency of "excessive entertainment and low taste" must be stopped, to be replaced with "healthy socialist values including honesty, integrity and resilience."

In May, the media regulator banned celebrities from appearing as television show presenters to ensure no "improper remarks" made on air.

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