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Ministry permits VTV to broadcast Vietnam Idol show

Update: April, 07/2015 - 16:03
The information and communications ministry yesterday afternoon permitted Vietnam Television (VTV) to air Vietnam Idol 2015. — Photo nguioiduatin

HA NOI (VNS) — The information and communications ministry yesterday afternoon permitted Vietnam Television (VTV) to air Vietnam Idol 2015, recognising that VTV spared no efforts to tighten its content management before broadcasting shows.

Earlier this month, the ministry had announced that it would not grant permission to some VTV shows that contained various slip-ups such as the use of culturally inappropriate language and images, and violation of advertisement rules.

Besides Vietnam Idol, the ministry had announced it would not issue permits to several other programmes produced by VTV and its partners. They include Dep Viet (Beautiful Viet Nam), Sang Tao Viet (Creative Viet Nam), Chuyen Dem Muon (Stories at Late Night), and the local version of Asia's Got Talent.

Last Monday, more than 3,000 candidates in HCM City registered to take part in the auditions for Vietnam Idol, despite the ministry's warning. — Photo vietq

VTV then sent a letter to the Prime Minister, while implementing some active measurements to tighten the content management in the television shows that it organises in co-operation with other companies such as BHD and Cat Tien Sa.

Last year, there were several offensive segments in programmes aired by VTV, such as the beheading of a live turtle during a reality show and a suggestive joke on a quiz show. It also aired the visual of a Vietnam's Got Talent contestant mistakenly drinking acid.

Last Monday, more than 3,000 candidates in HCM City registered to take part in the auditions for Vietnam Idol, despite the ministry's warning. The show, which debuted in Viet Nam in 2007, has become one of the country's most popular singing contests. — VNS

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