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China takes step toward further media convergence… 国家广播电影电视总局 + 中华人民共和国新闻出版总署 forms tag team as print and broadcast regulator.

To prevent the homogeneous development of TV programs and to provide audiences with diversified choices, a restriction was announced on July 24. A news release from The State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television to Xinhua stated, “Satellite broadcasters should stop investing in any new singing competition shows; shows that have already been produced, but have not yet aired, should not be aired until after the summer vacation; and the series currently being aired should be aligned with different schedules.” See Repeat Offenders (Global Times, July 28, 2013)

Also –

Hong Kong: Two powerful Chinese media regulators merge (see Mondaq.com, July 24, 2013)

According to the Plans for Institutional Reform and Functional Transformation of the State Council, the newly merged ministry of broadcast and press is principally responsible for the overall planning of the development of the press, publication, radio, film and television industries, the supervision and administration of the relevant organizations and businesses, as well as the contents and quality of publications and radio, film and television programs, and copyright administration….

The new “super ministry” was formed by combining and streamlining the functions previously performed by each of SARFT and GAPP separately on its own. Such combination does not appear to have changed the power configuration among itself, the Ministry of Culture, the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”).

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Talent shows get thumbs down from regulators

By Yu Jincui
Source – Global Times, published July 28, 2013

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), formerly known as SARFT, is imposing new restrictions on televised musical talent shows.

It announced last week details of “regulations and controls” to cap the number of singing competition programs, demanding a stop in the creation of new entries in the genre and the postponing of the airing of shows not yet broadcast. It also warned the television stations to avoid “extravagance, dazzling packaging and sensationalism” in the shows, and encouraged originality and creativity in show content.

The purpose of the new regulation, as SAPPRFT stated on Wednesday, is to “avoid the monopoly of television programs, offer the audiences more options and satisfy people’s diverse demands for a more vibrant television culture.”

It has been reported that 13 singing talent shows were previously scheduled to be aired this summer.

Though many questioned whether Chinese audiences need so many repetitive shows, government watchdog’s decision to step in is also disfavored by quite some audience members. They think the decision should be made by the market.

Please click here to read the entire article at the Global Times.

Since Super Girls, a talent show for female singers, became a hit in China in 2004, the number of such shows has seen a remarkable surge.

But most of them are cookie-cutter products of low quality, which fiercely compete for viewership, with nearly all contestants being packaged with a sensational story to grab the audience.

It’s not been rare for contestants who, on the show, seem plain and have touching life stories, to be caught in nightclubs in heavy makeup. Controversies around the “reality” of these shows is on the rise, and the audience seems keener in determining the authenticity of contestants’ stories than on the shows themselves.

Besides, although all singing competitions advertise themselves as a way for contestants to fulfill their dreams, some musical critics have pointed out that the stagnated Chinese music industry in fact cannot meet the demand of the “stars” produced by the competitions, who rapidly slip from the public eye.

The SAPPRFT’s regulations are meant to curb the superfluous and homogeneous competitions.

The sustainable development of TV variety shows lies in varied styles, active themes, and creativity. Some argue that the vitality of culture cannot be regulated and instead they should give producers more freedom.

But the SAPPRFT’s regulations might also stimulate producers to evoke innovation and build high-quality domestic programs through putting limits on copycatting. Let’s hope TV stations actively respond to the regulations and make efforts to be creative.

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