Television programmes showing beans shoved up nostrils, a self-mutilating magician and a prostitute revealing the secrets of her trade were rebuked by the Broadcasting Authority yesterday. It issued sanctions against ATV, TVB and Wharf Cable for showing inappropriate programmes. A serious warning was given to ATV for running a programme about a property development in the mainland border town of Zhangmutou, which was not labelled as advertising. The station was also disciplined over a Japanese game show, Ganbare II, which showed people sticking beans up their nostrils and blowing them out. 'The act was dangerous and was likely to cause injury if imitated by children. Such programmes should not be broadcast during family viewing hours,' the authority said. An ATV current affairs show, Hong Kong Today, received 'strong advice' over remarks about a criminal case which were considered prejudicial. A show on ATV's World's Greatest Magic IV was singled out for showing a magician piercing his neck. Officials said the segment, shown during family viewing hours, was 'scary and might unnerve children'. ATV's Hong Kong Today and TVB's Focus on Focus received a lesser form of sanction, an 'advice', for featuring prostitutes describing their business during family hours. A segment showing hamsters crammed into a small box shown on Wharf Cable's The Incredible Night on Entertainment Channel was sanctioned and the channel was also given advice over sexual and violent scenes in Smart Ads, a programme featuring advertisements. Hosts of the Commercial Radio programme Wah Wah Wah were censured with strong advice for promoting a Chinese-language film. The station also received advice over an 'undesirable expression' on 18th Floor Block C.