Cosmetic surgery, sex change shows banned

? The Chinese government banned television shows about cosmetic surgery and sex changes Friday, less than two weeks after shutting down a talent show that regulators deemed coarse.

A headline on the Web site of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television said would no longer allow “shows about cosmetic surgery, (or) sex changes that involve public participation.”

The Beijing News newspaper said the order singled out southern Guangdong province’s public broadcaster’s “A New Date with Beauty,” which it described as involving live shows of cosmetic surgery.

The order said such programs, and those about sex changes, show “bloody imagery” and called the shows “explicit, cheap in tone,” the newspaper said.