BEIJING (AFP) - China will replace popular television entertainment with so-called healthy programming, state media reported on Tuesday, reflecting regulators latest move to tighten media control. The move by the State Administration of Radio Film and Television comes days after senior Communist Party leaders said cultural reforms were needed to balance the nations increasingly speedy adoption of a market economy. It also follows a SARFT edict in September forcing hit talent show Super Girl off the air after a six-year run. Much like its US counterpart, Super Girl launched in 2004 proved an instant hit, attracting hundreds of millions of viewers, turning some of its contestants into celebrities, and attracting millions in advertising. Under the order, SARFT said the nations leading 34 satellite broadcasters would be barred next year from airing excessive entertainment and forced to show at least two hours of news each evening, the official Xinhua news agency said. No evidence of the new order was found on the SARFT web site, but earlier this month, TV industry reports quoted SARFT publicity director Jin Delong as saying that the restrictions were expected to come into effect on January 1. In September, SARFT posted a related directive offering Advice on Strengthening Management of Satellite TV Channels.