China censors vow to clean up TV

Gov't cracks down on 'vulgar content'

BEIJING — China will censor “vulgar content” such as extramarital sex, violence and porn, the country’s vigilant TV authority has pledged, as it continues to tighten control on media.

“We will make great efforts to straighten out TV programs. Local TV stations will be severely punished if their programs are found to contain vulgar content,” Wang Weiping, deputy director of TV drama under the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television, told a censorship conference in the southwestern city of Chengdu over the weekend.

However, he did not elaborate on what the punishment would be.

Wang said SARFT had designated two teams to make secret inquiries and collect evidence of explicit TV programs. The focus would be on entertainment programs, talkshows and dramas in local dialects, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.

The conference on censorship was attended by hundreds of biz figures.

Film industryites recently were warned against vulgarity and immorality in a document circulated among production companies.

SARFT already has banned skeins said to have gone into too much detail portraying how criminals committed certain feloniesand primetime serials showing fictionalized versions of historical events.

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