Notice Concerning Strengthening Local Television Channel Rebroadcasting Foreign Television Drama Management

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GFSZ No. [1999]489

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio, film and television offices (bureaus):

Recently, a number of local television stations have been planning to arrange rebroadcast of a batch of foreign television dramas imported in the past. In order to strengthen rebroadcast of foreign television drama management work, the relevant matters are notified as follows:

I, As from this date, all foreign television drama programmes permitted to be rebroadcast on local television stations (including cable) will be selected and published at regular times by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

II, Rebroadcast dramas included in the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television-published list, where rebroadcast is planned on wireless stations, the original importing work unit in principle extends contracts and distributes, where the original importing work units does not intend to extend the contract, the China International Television Company may act to extend contracts and distribute them; where rebroadcast is planned on cable networks, the China International Television Company uniformly extends contracts with the copyright holder and distributes them.

Contract-renewing work units shall before distribution  of the relevant television dramas, report all contract renewal materials to the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television Social Management Department for Filing.

III, All localities shall earnestly persist in the rebroadcast re-examination system. Foreign television dramas included in the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television rebroadcast drama list, before arranging rebroadcast, must be reported to the local provincial-level radio, film and television office (bureau) for re-examination, and only after approval may they be rebroadcast. Foreign television dramas not listed in the rebroadcast drama list, may not have contracts extended, be distributed, examined or broadcast by any work unit.

IV, All television dramas must abide by the relevant provisions of the “Copyright Law”, television dramas for which that station has not obtained lawful broadcasting rights may not be broadcast without exception.

V, Except from classic and famous works, all broadcast foreign television dramas may not be arranged for broadcast in the first programme set of that local television station, and may also not be broadcast on other programme channels during the golden hours between 18:00 and 22:00.

Wireless television stations and cable radio and television stations must strictly abide by the relevant regulations concerning the broadcast proportion of imported television dramas, among those, dramas with acrobatic fighting themes may not be arranged for concentrated broadcast.

VI, All levels’ education television channels must strictly implement relevant regulations that they may not broadcast television programmes that have no relationship with education content, where those are already being broadcast, this must immediately cease.

VII, All provincial (regions, municipalities) radio, film and television offices (bureaus) must adopt realistic measures to strengthen management over all sorts of television stations in their jurisdiction, and impose serious investigation and prosecution against broadcast of foreign television dramas in violation of discipline according to regulations such as the “Radio and Television Management Regulations”, etc.

State Administration of Radio, Film and Television

关于加强地方电视台重播境外电视剧管理的通知
广发社字[1999]489号

各省、自治区、直辖市广播影视厅(局):
近来,一些地方电视台计划安排重播一批过去引进的境外电视剧。为加强重播境外电视剧的管理工作,现将有关事项通知如下:
一、自即日起,所有可以在地方电视台(含有线)重播的境外电视剧剧目由国家广播电影电视总局定期择优公布。
二、列入国家广播电影电视总局公布名单的重播剧:计划在无线台重播的,原则上由原引进单位续约和发行,若原引进单位无意续约的,可由中国国际电视总公司代理续约并发行;计划在有线广播电视台重播的,由中国国际电视总公司统一与享有版权的机构续约并发行。
续约单位应在有关电视剧发行前将所有续约材料报国家广播电影电视总局社会管理司备案。
三、各地应认真坚持重播重审制度。列入国家广播电影电视总局重播剧名单的境外电视剧在安排重播前,须报所在地省级广播影视厅(局)重审同意后,方可播放。未列入重播剧名单的境外电视剧,任何单位不得续约、发行、审查和播放。
四、各电视台必须遵守《著作权法》的有关规定,未取得本台合法播放权的电视剧一律禁止播放。
五、除经典名著外,所有重播的境外电视剧不得安排在各地方电视台第一套节目中播出,也不得在其他节目频道的18点至22点的黄金时间内播放。
各无线电视台、有线广播电视台必须严格遵守有关引进电视剧播出比例的规定,其中武打题材的不要安排集中播出。
六、各级教育电视台必须严格执行不得播放与教学内容无关的影视节目的有关规定,已经播放的,要立即停止。
七、各省(区、市)广播影视厅(局)要采取切实措施,加强对辖区内各类电视台的管理,对违纪播放境外电视剧的应根据《广播电视管理条例》等规定予以严肃查处。

国家广播电影电视总局
一九九九年八月二日

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