authorities said two late-night radio shows that discussed
sex and drugs have been banned for damaging young
people and being ''extremely pornographic.''
The latest order
from China's broadcast watchdog follows a ban on
television shows about cosmetic surgery and sex changes, and
the shutdown of a talent show that regulators deemed
both in the southwestern province of Sichuan, ''aired
programs about sex and drugs for two to three hours after 9
p.m. every day,'' the State Administration of Radio,
Film, and Television said on its Web site Wednesday.
contained extremely pornographic material, caused great
harm to the psychological development of young people,
fouled the social air, and damaged the reputation of
China's broadcasting institutions,'' the
The two stations
were ordered to suspend the shows immediately and punish
watchdog statement did not include the titles of the shows.
Late-night call-in programs featuring sexually explicit
conversations and ads for sexual enhancement drugs are
Most are advice
shows that help callers with issues such as sexual
performance or sexually transmitted diseases. They are tame
compared to programs in the United States, and callers
generally do not go into explicit detail.
administration said its ban covered all programs that
''flout the code of ethics, violate science and
civilization, or feature sexual content.''
ban aimed to create "a harmonious cultural environment
for the youth,'' it said.
Calls to the
stations, Sichuan People's Broadcasting and Chengdu People's
Broadcasting, went unanswered Thursday.
administration last month also banned a talent show, The
First Time I Was Touched, calling it vulgar
and lacking in artistic standards. (AP)