“Chinese broadcasters have axed two-thirds of popular TV shows in line with a government directive to curb “excessive entertainment,” according to local media reports.”
“Air time will be filled instead with extended news bulletins and ‘programs that promote traditional virtues and socialist core values.’”
I don’t think you want to do that, sunshine. People like their TV, and they need something to distract them from China’s imploding economy, general unrest, specific unrest among the Muslim population, unequal sex ratios, Communist Party suppression of dissent, and the endemic corruption. You want to give them more circuses, not less. Do they really think that The Happy Socialist Progress Hour is an acceptable substitute for a popular drama or comedy, or can they just not afford circuses anymore?
And if they can no longer afford the circuses, how soon will it be before they can no longer afford the bread?