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Must See TV: Propaganda Programming

By May 12, 2011

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Just weeks after China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television halted production of time traveling TV shows (穿越剧, chuānyu j), comes the announcement that crime dramas, spy thrillers and romances are fading to black too. Well, at least for the next three months, according to AFP.

Why?

Authorities want TV stations to focus on patriotic programming in the run-up to the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party July 1.

Instead of showing crime, spy, and romance dramas, the Party's prefers pro-Party programs be aired instead. The Party's program of choice is "The Oriental," a drama about the People's Republic of China. It is one of 40 recommended programs the government wants shown to help celebrate the Party's founding.

The government's latest ban is sure to hinder its efforts to attract younger viewers who are increasingly watching TV online. Despite China's heavy censorship of the Internet, Chinese television fans can still watch a variety of programs, including genres that have been banned, online.

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