7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

Dutch clamp on reality TV show

AMSTERDAM: A pregnant woman on the television game show Big Brother will not be allowed to give birth live on television, but the baby may be shown briefly on camera, the Dutch Social Affairs ministry ruled.

The latest Dutch version of the show, in which contestants are kept under constant camera surveillance, features a woman who was seven months pregnant when she entered the house three weeks ago.

Other births have been shown on Dutch television during educational programmes, with the mother blanketed from the chest down.

But the 27-year-old woman identified only as Tanja must be off-camera if she gives birth during the show, the ministry said in a statement. The baby can be shown on camera once per day for eight days, and must otherwise be kept in a separate room of the show house where no filming takes place.

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