Provisional Management Rules concerning Taiwan Television Employees Coming to the Mainland to Produce Programmes
22 August 1990
In order to link up the mutual understanding between people on both sides of the straits, launch television exchange with Taiwan even better, and manage the work of Taiwan television employees coming to the Mainland to produce programmes well, these Rules are formulated.
I, Taiwan television employees requiring to come to the Mainland to produce television programmes (including television dramas, scenic films, popular science films, special subject films, etc.), must put forward an application with the Hong Kong office of Xinhua, after approval by the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television, and on the basis of the notification of the Hong Kong office of Xinhua, our permit-issuing work unit in Hong Kong issues border-entry permits. Applicants shall submit: a letter of application, a letter of entrustment of their work unit, the name of the Mainland work unit that will be invited to receive or provide assistance to them (the Hong Kong office of Xinhua may also be entrusted to act as liaison for receiving and assisting work units), detailed programme production plans (scripts shall be added for television dramas), the CV of the visiting personnel, a letter of guarantee from a company in a third region and a letter of bank credit. The letter of application shall be put forward one to three months before the planned visit.
As soon as the programme production application is approved, the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television Taiwan Affairs Office shall immediately circulate the approval documents to the Hong Kong office of Xinhua and the relevant receiving or co-producing work unit, relevant provincial, autonomous region and municipal People’s Government radio and film controlling departments, the Taiwan Affairs Office, public security departments and the Customs at the relevant locations of entry and exit.
If Mainland personnel are temporarily employed and Mainland equipment is rented to produce television programmes, applications must also be put forward to the Hong Kong office of Xinhua or the receiving or assisting work unit reports this to the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television for approval.
II, Taiwan television employees producing programmes on the Mainland receive the protection of State laws; at the same time, they must abide by the relevant provisions of State laws and decrees, and conduct production strictly according to the approved production plan (including main content, period of validity, locations, etc.). If there are changes in the plan, the receiving or assisting work unit is to apply with the originally approving work unit, and production may only take place after obtaining permission. Production personnel may not conduct activities not conform to their identities. Offenders will, in view of the gravity of the circumstances, be orally warned or ordered to stop production activities by relevant departments, or dealt with according to the law.
III, The Ministry of Radio, Film and Television comprehensively plans and is responsible for the management of Taiwan television employees coming to the mainland to produce programmes, and coordinates with relevant departments in timely handling major problems of violation of approved plans that may occur, and the inspection of pornographic movies.
IV, Receiving and assisting work units shall strengthen management over Taiwan production teams, and assign personnel who are strong politically, proficient professionally and are upright in their work style to accompany them for the whole journey, to guarantee that production takes place according to the approved plans. Problems that occur must be timely dealt with, and reported to the local radio and television controlling department, the Taiwan Affairs Office and the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television.
V, All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Public Security departments must examine whether or not Taiwan television employees who come to produce programmes have border entry notification letters from the Hong Kong office of Xinhua. Radio and television departments must, on the basis of the production plans approved by the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television and relevant regulations, provide corresponding work conditions to them, and realistically strengthen management over production activities. If it occurs that the produced content (including times and locations) does not conform to the approved plan, it shall be stopped, and the situation shall be reported to the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office.
VI, The ports of border entry for Taiwan television employees coming to the Mainland to produce programmes are assigned to be Beijing, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen Lo Wu, Chengdu and Xi’an, the abovementioned employees who enter through other ports may without exception not be allowed to pass border control stations. Where Taiwan television employees take film and video materials for use in producing television programmes into the borders, Customs let these pass temporarily without payment of duties on the basis of Ministry of Radio, Film and Television approval documents, the list of materials and the letter of guarantee of re-export issued by the department concerned. When necessary, deposits may be received according to the law.
VII, Fees charged for Taiwan television employees coming to the Mainland to produce programmes may be slightly lower than fee standards for foreign production teams, concrete fee rules and standards are to be settled through negotiation by both parties separately, item by item, on the basis of this principle.
VIII, When programme production is completed, our receiving or assisting work units should earnestly summarize experiences, report this to the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television in writing, and copy it to the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.
IX, Without permission from the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television, Taiwanese television employees may not produce programmes on the mainland privately; no work unit or individual on our side may receive them and conduct production activities. If there are violations, as soon as these are discovered, all film and videotape used in programme production is detained, and the relevant department imposes a fine of 10.000 Yuan or more.
Taiwan compatriots who come to the mainland for travel or to visit relatives may not bring special television production and recording equipment into the borders, and may not conduct television programme production activities.
X, At present, it will not be accepted that Taiwan television broadcast organs establish agencies and dispatch permanent personnel to the Mainland.