Chinese Media: “Less Entertainment Shows After Dinner” Sound Good To You?

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in China, China Media Views, Media | No Comments

16:21(UTC+08:00), 25 OCT 2011 | CHN BEIJING

A little bit of shocking news here: the authorities in charge of radio, TV and film are thinking of limiting entertainment programmes to after the 22:00 “Chinese watershed” of sorts. Moreover, “moral guidance programmes” are to be shown more and more.

Lest you think this is “re-communization” in the works (moving Beijing closer to North Korea than to the West), here’s a look at some of the “media events” that have happened in the past years that may have gotten the censors — well, more than a little ballistic:

  • Jiangsu TV’s dating show, If You Are The One (非誠勿擾) being accused of “pre-organizing” guests so that what guy is going with what girl has already been arranged behind the scenes;
  • The controversial “I would rather weep inside a BMW than laugh at the back seat of a bike” snip from the same programme from notorious gameshow participant Ma Nuo;
  • The case of two girls born in the 1990s engaging in attacks on their family and immoral sexual activities “just to gain fame”;
  • Entertainment-ish programmes co-hosted by Zhang Wuben, an extremely controversial “traditional Chinese medicine practitioner”;
  • Mainland search engines turning up reports that Taiwanese entertainment programmes (most likely based in Taiwan) used language unfriendly to the communist authorities (which is a big no-no here);
  • Accusations that some programmes on regional channels being “done too real”, where the content was obviously very different from the actual circumstances;
  • Off the screens, the more recent disaster than a toddler was crushed by cars and trucks in southern China with nobody except for a trash collector taking much care of the situation.

That last one got the whole nation upset, as the PRC went on a bit of soul searching (probably to the tune of a potentially PRC version of Where Is The Love). The problem is: less and less people “buy” TV these days (as in the content). An influx of “be a good citizen like Mr X and Mrs Y” is probably going to garner the wrath of too many folks born in the 1990s, who probably never watch the 7 o’clock news show anyway and is deeply suspect of anything coming out from Zhonghanhai.

God save Chinese society.

(Or Mao. Or Marx. Or Confucius. Or maybe Justin Bieber. Or Lady Gaga. Or whomever…)