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To compete for ideological influence, party leaders have said China must create more cultural products such as books, films and art to attract Chinese and foreign audiences. As part of efforts to wrest back Communist Party control over cultural industries, China also recently said it would limit reality TV shows and other light fare shown on satellite television stations.

‘Survivor’ producer maintains innocence in Mexico hearing

A U.S. reality television producer has repeated his claims of innocence during a court hearing on the death of his wife at a Mexican resort in 2010.

Former “Survivor” producer Bruce Beresford-Redman said noises reported by witnesses coming from his room were him playing loud games with his children.

Mr. Beresford-Redman made the statement at a hearing Monday, two days before a judge is scheduled to decide whether the evidence warrants holding him over for trial.

The body of Monica Beresford-Redman was found in a sewer cistern at the resort.

The producer’s defense lawyers said the three-hour hearing in the city of Cancun went well.

A lawyer for his wife’s family said Mr. Beresford-Redman offered nothing new to support his story.

Singer laughs off alleged ‘19 Kids’ extortion plot

A Branson, Mo., singer said he’s laughing off an alleged attempt by a photographer to extort the hit TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting” by threatening to release photos of him with a cast member.

James Garrett told the Quad-City Times that 24-year-old Amy Duggar, the niece of Duggar patriarch Jim Bob, occasionally performs in his John Denver Tribute shows, but they’ve never been alone together and aren’t having an affair.

According to the Associated Press, he said photos that photographer Teresa Hunt claimed were intimate were “totally benign” and weren’t taken by Ms. Hunt.

Investigators said Ms. Hunt threatened to release what she called compromising photos of Miss Duggar and Mr. Garrett if she wasn’t paid $10,000. Her attorney declined to comment.

Mr. Garrett said he hired Ms. Hunt to be his photographer in 2010 and feels betrayed. But he says “we’re all laughing about” the alleged plot.

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