Romanian Lawmakers Require 'Upbeat' Newscasts
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
And our last word in business today is good news. Lawmakers in Romania yesterday voted to require the country's radio and TV stations to make sure that half of their newscasts consist of upbeat news. Apparently, some are concerned about the, quote, "irreversible effect of negative news on the health and life of people."
As for deciding what's good or bad, that will be left to the country's independent broadcast regulator. And the group is apparently not too happy about the happy news law. Its chairman says events cannot be programmed, and he hopes the new rule won't be enforced.
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ARI SHAPIRO, host:
And I'm Ari Shapiro.
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