Aug 30, 2016

China regulator to curb news that promotes 'Western lifestyles'

China will crack down on social and entertainment news that promotes improper values and “Western lifestyles,” the country’s broadcasting regulator said, the latest effort at censorship in an already strictly regulated media environment. President Xi Jinping has embarked on an unprecedented drive to censor ...

Aug 23, 2016

North Korea rolls out on-demand TV service

North Korea is rolling out an on-demand TV catch-up service, allowing people with some sort of internet access to enjoy the highly propagandized output of its four state-run TV channels at their leisure. The system, which goes by the name Manbang (“Everywhere”), functions like ...

Jun 20, 2016

China cracks down foreign-inspired TV shows

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China is clamping down on imported television shows and remakes that use formats from abroad in a bid to “promote domestic originality,” the country’s top media regulator has said. The move, effective July 1, will mean that the airing of remakes of foreign reality ...

Ready to rumble: Asian pro wrestlers dream of stardom

Jun 19, 2016

Ready to rumble: Asian pro wrestlers dream of stardom

Kenneth Thexeira is a mild-mannered writer for an interior-design magazine by day, but on certain nights his alter ego bursts forth in golden tights and a baby-blue cape: enter “The Eurasian Dragon.” The 27-year-old Singaporean is part of a small but growing community of ...

TV host Oliver buys, forgives $15 million in medical debt

Jun 7, 2016

TV host Oliver buys, forgives $15 million in medical debt

Some 9,000 people stuck with delinquent medical bills have had their debts forgiven, courtesy of HBO host John Oliver. Oliver, on his “Last Week Tonight” program Sunday, took the action to illustrate a story about the practices of companies that purchase the records of ...

1960s 'Mister Ed' sitcom star Alan Young dies at 96

May 21, 2016

1960s 'Mister Ed' sitcom star Alan Young dies at 96

Actor and comedian Alan Young, who played the amiable straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed,” has died at age 96, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Home said Friday. The English-born, Canadian-educated Young died Thursday, according ...