Our Ministry issued the “Regulations Concerning the Implementation of a Television Drama Production Permit System” (RDR No. (1989)821 and the “Supplementary Regulations to the ‘Regulations Concerning the Implementation of a Television Drama Production Permit System'” (RDR No. (1990)520). In order to concretely implement the spirit of the Regulations, strengthen management of television drama production permits, the following relevant matters are notified as follows:
I, All offices (bureaus) must realistically give high regard to television drama production permit (hereafter named permit) management work, strengthen guidance over the television stations in their area in implementing the permit system, and must strictly deal with work units and individuals violating Regulations.
II, All levels’ television stations must pioneer in implementing all provisions of the television drama production permit system, for shooting of television dramas, a permit must be held, for television dramas submitted for examination and broadcast approval, it is necessary to strictly verify the permit, television dramas without permit may without exception not be arranged for broadcast.
III, According to the “Regulations” and the “Supplementary Regulations” television dramas produced by any work units must according to regulations indicate the permit number during the lead and ending titles, the lead title permit number shall be shown at the lower left corner of the screen continuously for ten seconds, the ending titles permit number shall be shown together with the name of the production work unit, it is not necessary to occupy another part of the screen, the pattern shall be “permit no. xxx”, all levels’ television stations must, simultaneous with examining the permit of television dramas submitted for approval and broadcast, examine whether or not the submitted programme has displayed the permit number according to regulations or not, television dramas not having displayed the permit numbers shall be sent back to the production work unit according to regulations for addition of the permit number, and only then may be accepted. In order for it to be convenient to implement these provisions uniformly nationwide, from 1 January 1991, television dramas not displaying the permit number may without exception not be broadcasted, broadcast of television dramas not displaying the permit number shall be punished as broadcasting television dramas without a permit.
IV, For shooting television dramas of styles such as television sketches, television short plays, television stories, television report dramas, etc., a permit must also be applied for according to regulations, But for television programmes having story plots such as commercials and special subject programmes, etc., it is not necessary to apply for a permit.
All localities are requested to immediately upon receipt, transmit this Notice to all levels’ television stations and all television drama production work units, and are charged with strict implementation.
31 October 1990