Only 'ethically inspiring' TV allowed in prime time
Updated: 2007-01-22 17:20 Beijing -- China's
broadcasting watchdog will impose stricter restrictions over prime time TV
series from February 2007, an official has said.
The country's satellite
TV stations should only screen "ethically inspiring TV series" during prime
time, said Wang Weiping, an official in charge of TV programs under the State
Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).
The restrictions will
go into effect beginning February and last for at least eight months, according
The SARFT has instituted a four-level censorship system for
home-made TV series. Before being screened, homemade TV series must be vetted by
the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee
and by the SARFT.
"The restrictions will ensure a better TV environment.
Only the TV series of the best qualities will be shown on the screens," Wang
said, requiring that TV stations, which are all government-owned in the
country,better cooperate with individual directors in TV series production.
Reports from QQ.com, a popular Web portal in China, said the restrictions
had been imposed with an eye on the 17th National Congress of the CPC which is
scheduled to convene in Beijing in the second half of this year.
confirmed that the new measure is taken to greet the congress meeting.
addition, all prime time TV programs broadcasted in China are required to keep
script and video records for future censorship against vulgarity, Wang said.
Liu Junzeng, director of the radio and television bureau of Pingshan county
government in Hebei Province, has been sacked after the local television
broadcasted a TV advertisement having "unhealthy contents" on the night of
The SARFT has previously imposed several restrictions on TV
programs, including a ban on foreign cartoons during prime time from last
September, and a crackdown on "vulgar reality shows" earlier this
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