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China cracks down on 'American Idol'-style shows

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October 22, 2013 03:20 AM EST | AP


BEIJING — BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are cracking down on how often broadcasters can air popular reality, dating and talent shows such as the Chinese versions of "American Idol" and "The Voice."

Provincial broadcasters show such programs on satellite channels that are broadcast around the country.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the "American Idol" kind of talent shows now need approval from the body that oversees broadcasting. It will license one such program per channel each quarter for prime-time viewing.

It also reported that new regulations require satellite channels to allocate no less than 30 percent of their weekly air time to topics including news and economics from next year.

Repeated calls to the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television rang unanswered.