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China bans dramas in run-up to founding anniversary
中國禁令發威 古裝劇、偶像劇全遭殃

Chinese actors Wang Yibo, left, and Sean Xiao are seen in this still of the hit costume drama The Untamed.

Photo courtesy of WeTV

With the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) less than two months away, the National Radio and Television Administration of China announced last week that it would ban TV shows that are “too entertaining” — such as costume or idol dramas. It provided a list of 86 patriotic programs that TV channels could broadcast before Oct. 1, the anniversary day.

Censorship of media and entertainment in China has become tighter under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s leadership, and it has intensified this year, with the authorities delaying approval for several films, according to Reuters. Under the ban, hit costume dramas such as The Untamed have been running six episodes or more per week, so the dramas can end early this month.

As for the rumor that China’s Jiangsu Television plans to block Taiwanese artists from its shows, the TV station issued a statement last week saying that such news was a malicious fabrication, and that it will continue to work with Taiwanese artists.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






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