China Curbs Reality Television Talent Shows
Authorities in Beijing are cracking down on how often TV stations can broadcast popular talent shows such as the Chinese versions of American Idol and The Voice.
Provincial broadcasters produce the programmes on satellite channels, which are shown around the country.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported that American Idol-type entertainment shows now need approval from the body that oversees broadcasting.
It will only authorise one such programme per channel, each quarter, for prime-time viewing.
It also reported that new regulations require satellite channels to allocate at least 30% of their weekly air time to topics including news and economics from next year.
Earlier this year, a Briton became a hit in China after performing old communist songs on a television talent show.
Iain Inglis, from Cardiff, dressed in an army uniform and recited the anthems on China's Got Talent.
His performance proved a hit with viewers amused by his on-stage antics, and he reached the last 16.
But the university lecturer, who speaks fluent Mandarin and moved to China in 2004, claims he was stopped from going on to the final.