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Authorities Turn a Critical Eye to Online Talent Shows

China’s broadcast regulator will assess the “ideological implications” of online talent shows, including those produced by internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. and video site iQiyi Inc., to prevent them from becoming “overly entertaining.”

Internet shows produced by the two companies, in which young performers battle to be China’s next pop idols, have reportedly been suspended or had their broadcasts delayed.

In an order (link in Chinese) published Tuesday, the State Administration of Radio and Television demanded provincial branches form groups of “experts” to vet online talent shows before their premiere.

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