September 23, 2007
Chinese government hobbles "Super Girl"-type shows
If you were worried that having to deal with pollution, corruption, and the banking system might be distracting the Chinese government from more urgent social problems, you will welcome the news that the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) is cracking down on "Super Girl"-type shows by banning mass audience voting via the internet or text messages and forcing such shows out of prime time. This regulation seems to be a follow-up on a regulation I blogged about last year that, among other things, forbade judges in such shows from making comments that hurt contestants' feelings.
Here's the Associated Press news report. The report says the text of the regulation is on the SARFT web site, but I couldn't find it. If anyone can find a link, please post it in the comments.
9/26 UPDATE: Here's a detailed report from the SARFT site. Still no actual text, though. Thanks to Ziyang Fan.
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