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China moves to tone down dating shows
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2010-06-12 12:00 AM
Contestants in Chinese matchmaking TV shows will no longer be able to blurt out sexual comments while "morally provocative hosts" have been given the boot under new government directives.

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), China's media watchdog, issued the guidelines amid concern over racy dating programs that have taken the nation by storm, the official China Daily said.

Shows such as "If You Are The One" or "Take Me Out" have been accused of provoking contestants to spice up the programs, getting them to abuse each other or admit to being gold-diggers, the report said Friday.

According to media reports, SARFT ordered Anhui Satellite TV in eastern China to delete footage of "You Are My Destiny" contestant Ma Nuo saying "I would rather cry in a BMW (than smile on a bike)," it added.

The two documents issued by SARFT have banned "fake participants, morally provocative hosts and hostesses, sex-implied comments" in the shows.

Contestants will now also have to go through more strict screening procedures before they can participate in shows, the report said.

SARFT was not immediately available for comment when contacted by reporter.

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