Outline of the Report concerning Radio and Television Work

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[Notice: this Report is currently not publicly available – this is a translation of a People’s Daily article which describes the content of the report in question]

CCP Central Committee Approves and Issues Ministry of Radio and Television Party Group Report – Requires all levels’ Party Committees to Strengthen and Improve Leadership over Radio and Television Work

The CCP Central Committee recently issued a notice, in which it endorsed the Ministry of Radio and Television Party Group’s “Report Outline concerning Radio and Television Work”, which requires all levels’ Party Committees to strengthen and improve leadership over radio and television work, develop and run the radio and television undertaking well.

The CCP Central Committee Notice stressed that, radio and television are the strongest modern tools to educate and encourage the entire Party, the entire Army and the people of all ethnicities in the entire country to construct a Socialist material civilization and spiritual civilization, and is also one of the most effective tools for the Party and government to link with the masses. The Notice says, Comrade Deng Xiaoping pointed out at the 2nd Plenum of the 12th Party Congress that, continued criticism and rectification on mistaken “Leftist” viewpoints in the ideological and theoretical area is still necessary. But, it shall be clearly pointed out that, the ideological front at present must first and foremost that the problem to be resolved is to correct rightism, weak and lax tendencies. All levels’ Party Committees must strengthen and improve management over radio and television work according to this spirit. At the same time, on the basis of need and possibility, some humanpower and financial strength is to be appropriately added, to develop and run the radio and television undertaking well.

The Notice pointed out that: all departments on the propaganda front shall, according to the policies of the Centre, from different positions, in different business scopes, use different methods, to serve Socialist modernization construction. But, where the area of propaganda methods is concerned, these are to be modernized a bit more, so they are able to meet with the masses more directly and more rapidly. All levels’ Party and government departments must learn to use radio and television to propagate policy and develop all work matters, and learn to use radio and television to propagate to the masses and organize the masses. For all matters requiring mobilization of the broad masses, at the same time as utilizing all other propaganda methods and means, it is permitted to carry the principles, policies and work tasks of the Party and government to the grass roots through radio and television, to directly meet with the people, in order to mobilize the popular masses as soon as possible.

The notice says, the development of domestic and foreign circumstances, urgently requires that the radio and television undertaking develops greatly, and that quality is greatly improved. All levels’ radio and television organs must, under the leadership of Party Committees, earnestly research the opinions and requirements of the broad listeners and viewers, fully give rein to the vigour of the entire body of work personnel, and at the same time rely on the broad support of all walks of society, to firmly and orderly reform radio and television work. On the one hand, it is necessary to strive to raise the quality of propaganda work, strengthen ideological education with patriotic and Communist ideology at the centre, improve the content of all sorts of programmes, and strengthen programme quantities (including increasing the daily television programme broadcast time); on the other hand, it is necessary to vigorously improve broadcast methods, accelerate technological transformation, raise the technological quality of radio and television, and adopt advanced technology to accelerate nationwide coverage, ensuring that our country’s radio and television undertaking can enter globally advanced ranks by the end of the century.

中共中央批转广播电视部党组汇报提纲要求各级党委
加强和改进对广播电视工作的领导
本报讯 中共中央最近发出通知,批转了广播电视部党组《关于广播电视工作的汇报提纲》,要求各级党委加强和改进对广播、电视工作的领导,发展和办好广播、电视事业。
中共中央的通知强调指出,广播电视是教育、鼓舞全党、全军和全国各族人民建设社会主义物质文明、精神文明的最强大的现代化工具,也是党和政府联系群众的最有效的工具之一。通知说,邓小平同志在党的十二届二中全会讲话中指出:对于思想理论方面“左”的错误观点,仍然需要继续进行批评和纠正。但是,应当明确指出,当前思想战线首先要着重解决的问题,是纠正右的、软弱涣散的倾向。各级党委都要按照这个精神,加强和改进对广播电视工作的领导。同时,根据需要和可能,适当增加一些人力和财力,发展和办好广播电视事业。
通知指出:宣传战线的各个部门,都应当按照中央的方针,从不同岗位,在不同业务范围内,用不同方式,为社会主义现代化建设服务。但是,从宣传手段方面来说,广播电视比起其他手段来,更现代化一些,能够更直接、更迅速地同广大群众见面。各级党政部门要学会利用广播电视来宣传政策和开展各项工作,学会使用广播电视来宣传群众和组织群众。凡是需要动员广大群众来做的事,在运用其他各种宣传手段和方式的同时,一般都可以通过广播电视,把党和政府的方针、政策和工作任务,一竿子插到底,直接地同群众见面,以便尽快地把人民群众动员起来。
通知说,国内外形势的发展,迫切要求广播电视事业有个大的发展,质量有个大的提高。各级广播电视机构要在党委的领导下,认真研究广大听众、观众的意见和要求,充分发挥全体工作人员的积极性,同时依靠社会各方面的广泛支持,坚决而有秩序地改革广播电视工作。一方面要努力提高宣传工作的质量,加强以爱国主义和共产主义思想为中心的思想教育,改进各类节目的内容,并增加节目的数量(包括增加每天的电视节目播出时间);另一方面要积极改进传播手段,加快技术改造,提高广播、电视的技术质量,并采用先进技术,加速全国覆盖,使我国的广播电视事业,在本世纪末进入世界先进行列。

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