China's MangoTV was unable to show the Eurovision second semi-final and grand final in Portugal after the European Broadcasting Union cut its ties with the network, AFP reported.
The relationship ended when MangoTV—owned by the state-run Hunan TV—censored a performance by a tattooed Albanian singer and a same-sex dance as part of the Irish entry.
The network also reportedly blurred rainbow flags seen in the background—a common accessory visible at Eurovision contests.
Hunan TV's Hu Yangzi told AFP that he "wasn't familiar" with why the censorship took place and insisted that MangoTV works separately from his station.
Netizens speculated on why Mango TV had taken such steps, with one concluding that China was becoming "more restless with subcultures" which might threaten the ruling Communist Party's values.