China intensifies crackdown on showbiz industry

The Chinese government says it has instructed four TV stations to make improvements to their programming, which it says has been too focused on entertainment.

China's National Radio and Television Administration said Friday the directive went to broadcasters in Shanghai, Hunan Province and other places.

The instruction says the networks have promoted entertainment personalities too much, which has fueled excessive behavior by fans.

It reportedly urges the broadcasters to review the content of their programming and do more to spread socialist values.

In September, the Chinese government ordered TV stations to shun celebrities who were deemed to show a lack of commitment to the country and Communist Party. It said the order was aimed at eliminating vulgar programs and cultivating a patriotic atmosphere.

Observers say the government appears to be intensifying its control over the showbiz industry with the aim of increasing public support for Communist Party values.