Guangdong Media Told to Apply to Talk Cantonese
   2011-12-18 14:20:24    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Jiang

The Guangdong provincial government in south China issued a new regulation on Monday, requiring radio and television stations to apply to regulatory authorities for permission to broadcast in the indigenous Cantonese dialect instead of Mandarin, Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

The regulation, which takes effect on March 1, said Mandarin, or Putonghua, should be the main language used for broadcasts, programs and interviews on television and radio. The rules apply to online audio and video programs produced by radio and television stations.

Central or provincial radio, film and television administrations must approve any use of dialects, the order said. Television stations also must provide standard Chinese subtitles onscreen for dialect broadcasts.

While the new regulation also stipulates that Chinese-language audio and video products also must use Mandarin, it provides exceptions for artistic productions such as operas and films as well as publications and educational programs where the use of the dialect is required.

Schools and other educational institutes are required to use Mandarin and standard Chinese (simplified Chinese) to conduct regular teaching, conferences, publicity work and group activities.

The order said radio and television stations that do not adhere to the new regulation would face disciplinary action.

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