CCTV has heavily cut down on costs for the annual Mid-Autumn Festival gala amid a country wide austerity drive, Xinhua reports.
The 22 year old gala will be held in the city of Meizhou in Guangdong province to save costs by streamlining theatrical designs and employing ordinary performers instead of pop stars.
Jiangsu TV, Zhejiang TV and Hunan TV also announced that they will not have a gala for the festival.
The publicity department of the Communist Party of China has reportedly ordered broadcasters to limit gala expenses as part of the party’s plan to eliminate the four “evil winds” of formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance.
The move has received mixed responses with some applauding the cost-cutting exercise while some have doubts whether the gala may be worth watching.