China enforces TV dignity

Beginning in February, the Chinese government will allow only shows it deems "inspiring" to air on domestic airwaves. The State Administration of Radio Film and Television is enacting the mandate to "promote national harmony" before an important Communist Party meeting, according to the English-language Shanghai Daily.

"The country's...TV stations should only screen ethically inspiring TV series during primetime," a SARFT executive told the Daily. "This year will be a special year for all TV programmes to create a good environment and conditions."

The move has been set up to ensure a smooth run-up to the 17th Party Congress, an important Communist Party convention that takes place every five years in Beijing.

The 48 Chinese television channels are owned by the state, but as the Chinese culture has opened up many broadcasters have aired Western shows. Now, all shows will be scrutinized by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party Central Committee and approved by state media administration before they are allowed to air.

The government had already banned imported cartoons such as The Simpsons from airing on primetime TV, and now they are expected to levy fines on stations that air primetime shows featuring criminal activities, guns, and extramarital affairs. The Chinese government also is cracking down on reality shows, which it deems as "vulgar."

Chinese media analysts say the move will cause stations to lose money. Viewers, however, have taken to Internet message boards complaining there will be nothing to watch.

"Let's quit watching TV. Surfing the Web is more fun," said one poster.

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48 channels?!! definitely unture, we've hundreds of channels as you've here. though it may sound dismal, it's achieved its object to some extent
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how sad only 48 channels.
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about that 48 channels: china has 31 provinces, each of them has a channel controlled by the government. china central televison has over 13 channels covering sports, movies, tv show, etc. other than these 48, we got hundreds of commercial channels.
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i'm from china and we don't talk about a country by referring to its ideology. in fact, we don't even talk about ideology at all...sometimes america is too good at getting itself revealed to the world to really understand others.
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That's... I mean, "The1Princess" is being sarcastic, right? She didn't just wish she lived in a country with the same level of free speech as communist China, right?



I think I need to tape myself drinking while mimicking acts of violence, crime and extramarital sex. Just to even things out a little, you know? Just because I can.
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48 channels - how stone age is that?
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I wish we had that type of discretion here...even cartoons that are supposed to be for children are getting out of hand! :
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I read somewhere that this week Casino Royale, the latest movie in 007 series, arrives in chinese cinemas. It's the FIRST TIME for a 007 movie...what can I say, it's the first step towards the future...
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With so large a population it makes sense to allow only shows they deem "inspiring" to air on domestic airwaves.
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thank you for rights we have in this country.
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I love this world.
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