The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has ordered all news anchors and TV guests to speak in Mandarin and to avoid Chinese dialects and all foreign languages, China Daily reports.
The notice issued on Friday stated that the news anchors should avoid using Chinese dialects or expressions that are region-specific, as well as Internet slang.
The notice does not, however, apply to television and radio programs that are broadcasted in the languages of ethnic groups.
The measure aims to promote the use of Mandarin, which is only spoken by 70% of China’s total population.
Authorities also stated that they would revise the code of ethics for news anchors and add specific requirements that meet Mandarin standards.
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