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SARFT Sets Program Guidelines for Satellite TV Stations

According to a notice that the SARFT (the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television) issued, satellite television stations should be news based television stations. They shouldn’t simply pursue or fabricate means to influence their TV ratings. They are required to control television programs aired during prime time. Those programs should not contain TV dramas that have excessive entertainment content or sensitive topics; they should air programs that cover public welfare, culture, science, and the economy. For entertainment programs, the stations are asked to limit reality TV or entertainment programs that use movie or TV celebrities or TV programs that copy their format from those in foreign countries. As to selecting special guests or commentators, they must use positive moral character and artistic achievements as the top criteria.

Source: Guangming Daily, August 7, 2017