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China tightens grip on TV and films ahead of National Day

Beijing bans 'too entertaining' programs amid regional tensions

The 2015 TV series "The Last Prince" depicts China's struggle against Imperial Japan: Chinese authorities are urging broadcasters to air patriotic programs of the 70th anniversary of modern China's founding in October.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- China has tightened its grip on the media ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on Oct. 1, against a backdrop of regional tensions. 

The government's radio and television watchdog has put a lid on TV programs deemed "too entertaining," starting Aug 1, to give priority to a "100-day broadcast" of patriotic programming, according to a statement released July 29. Historical dramas and romantic movies featuring popular stars have been banned from more than 100 channels.

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