State media regulator suspends TV network after vulgar talk show

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 November, 2012, 12:21pm
UPDATED : Friday, 30 November, 2012, 8:16pm

China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) took a Jiangsu television network off the air on Friday after a popular television game show violated broadcasting regulations and created "negative influence on society”, the Beijing Daily newspaper reported.

Chinese entertainer Gan Lulu, two other guests and audience members appeared on the popular game show Bang Bang Bang earlier this week and unleashed a torrent of bad language and "wanton acts" on each other.

A shouting match ensued after an audience member asked whether Gan's racy image was detrimental to the country's moral standards.

In a circular on its website, SARFT said the "Jiangsu Education Television’s quiz programme Bang Bang Bang on November 24, violated national broadcasting regulations, amplified ugliness, undermined media ethics and had a negative influence on society.”

SARFT said Jiangsu Education Television would be suspended from November 30 and ordered the network to show more “positive” content in the future, Xinhua News reported.

The network was criticised for claiming to be "educational" in scope of content while airing entertainment programs.

The editor of Bang Bang Bang was also sacked, according to the Jiangsu provincial government. 

Irritated bloggers saluted the decision to pull the network off the air. “Support, support, seriously support!” wrote one user on microblogging site Weibo.

“Positive energy!” said another.

Gan, no stranger to controversy, rose to internet fame after her mother (and self-proclaimed manager) Lei Bingxia posted a video online of Gan naked after a shower, in hope of finding her daughter a boyfriend.