TV host apologises for topless ad

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  • Wednesday, 14 Jun 2006

A TV presenter issued a public apology after posing topless with two other women in hospital advertisements for women's health, the Beijing News said yesterday.  

Chen Dan, a presenter on Changsha TV's “Women's channel” in the central province of Hunan, drew fire from Internet chatrooms and station bosses after her “Clever Girls Love Themselves More” advertisement appeared at bus stops and on billboards in Hunan's capital, Changsha.  

Chen said it was a “public interest advertisement,” Beijing News said.  

Changsha TV, in a statement, said Chen has been suspended from her job and would be handled according to its rules. 

The statement said the advertisement, with its leading presenter as a model, was not endorsed by the TV station, therefore damaging its image and legal rights. 

The statement said the TV station reserves the right of legal action against the activity organiser. 

“My intentions were good,” the paper quoted her as saying. 

“I hoped to draw people's attention to women's health, but because the format was inappropriate it caused a huge backlash. In future I will choose more suitable ways of publicising women’s health.”  

Chen admitted that her modelling in the advertisement was not approved by her employer and she made a wrong decision and would never do such a thing again. – China Daily / Asia News Network  

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