The collapse of a temporary television studio in China that injured 18 has been blamed on shoddy construction techniques by the Yinhe Xingkong Mass Communication production company.
A Fangshan police spokesman reports that “the pavilion was set up right before the program shooting, but its quality was not good enough to support so many people”.
He said that 45 people were sitting in the audience when the three-story studio at the Beijing Vocational College of Agriculture collapsed.
They were there for the taping of the Jiapian Youyu show, which is broadcast on CCTV-6 every Saturday from 10 pm to midnight.
Said Ren Guixiang, the deputy director of the Beijing Beiya Orthopaedic Hospital, where the injured are being treated: “The situation of all patients is stable, but it will take at least a couple of months for their injuries to fully heal.”
He said that the production company has undertaken to pay all medical fees.