China regulator bans TV advertisements during dramas
China has ordered a ban on advertisements during TV dramas as part of its reform of cultural activities.
The authorities said this was in line with the "spirit" of a recent Communist Party meeting.
Senior leaders said then that they wanted to develop a "socialist culture", although they did not elaborate on exactly what that means.
TV stations are clear about what this latest move means for them though – they say it will result in a loss of revenue.
The latest announcement was made by China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) on its website.
It said the regulation was being introduced as part of a new attitude towards culture, outlined at the party’s Central Committee meeting in October.
"Radio and television are a mouthpiece of the party and the people – an important propaganda front in cultural thought," read the SARFT statement.
An organisation spokesman told Xinhua, the state-run news agency, that the aim was to make TV shows conform to "public interests and aspirations".
"In the long-run, the move will help TV dramas develop in a scientific and healthy manner," said the unidentified spokesman.