BEIJING (Reuters) - China's media regulator will ban "vulgar and damaging" reality television shows and will order them to promote decent Chinese values rather simply aiming for cheap entertainment, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday.The government frequently takes aim at what it considers base, vulgar or politically inappropriate entertainment., and countless others have changed the landscape of television by staging new forms of “reality” that reflect, reinforce, or sometimes challenge our cultural assumptions about ideas such as beauty, success, romance, competition, health, marriage, money, ethnicity, and sexuality.They have become so popular that there are now entire reality subgenres that include Documentary-style, Competition, Dating, Talk Shows, Self-improvement, Makeover and Renovation shows, Business shows, Social Experiment shows, and many more.
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In the latest move to tighten controls on the state-run media sector, reality television shows must be a force for transmitting "positive energy" and have a "positive educational purpose", Xinhua said, citing the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television."At present, most of the reality television shows are correctly oriented, have healthy content and are acclaimed by society," Xinhua said, citing an unnamed spokesman for the regulator.
But some shows do not reach these high standards, it said."High quality reality television shows will get great support.
Hurriyet reported that Sefer Çalınak, 62, casually admitted killing but said he was 'an honest person looking for a new wife'.
The Turkish religious affairs agency Diyanet criticised dating shows last month saying they 'exploited family values and desecrated the family institution by stepping on it'.