Broadcaster axes panda reality TV
- Published: 1/10/2012 at 08:07 PM
- Online news:
After three years of following her every move, TrueVisions has pulled the plug on one of the kingdom's most-loved but lethargic reality TV celebrities - a giant panda.
Linping, Thailand's first giant panda cub, has won millions of fans since her birth in 2009, becoming the star of a live feed from a zoo in Chiang Mai dubbed the "Panda Channel".
But the show ended after the satellite-cable television broadcaster axed the programme as part of its plans to introduce new channels, to the dismay of her legion of fans.
"I'm really sad about this decision," said Supornthip Bunlased, 54, who was a regular viewer. "The programme is relaxing, particularly for people who are stressed about their work."
While no official viewing figures are available, national "panda-mania" is believed to have waned somewhat since the initial excitement over Linping's birth.
Linping was conceived by artificial insemination after years of unsuccessful efforts to encourage her parents - loaned by China - to mate. Linping also officially belongs to Beijing.
Fans can still watch Linping on the Internet for another month, said the director of the zoo's panda programme, Prasertsak Buntragulpoontawee.
Another TrueVisions official said the Explore 1 Channel airs highlights of the three pandas.
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