China cracks down on showbiz industry

The Chinese government has ordered TV stations to stop featuring celebrities deemed to show a lack of commitment to the country and Communist Party.

Beijing's National Radio and Television Administration sent a notice to broadcasters on Thursday. It says the aim is to eliminate vulgar programs and cultivate a patriotic atmosphere.

The notice is the latest move in an intensifying crackdown on the entertainment industry.

Authorities have already ordered social media firms to stop posting celebrity popularity rankings.

Media personalities are apparently coming under increasing pressure. Authorities recently targeted a popular female actor for tax evasion.