Implementation Regulations Concerning City (District) and County (City) Radio and Television Broadcasting Organ Duty Transformation Work (Trial)
(GFBZ No. 1475)
On the basis of the “Central Committee Secretariat and State Council Secretariat Notice Concerning Transmitting the ‘Central Propaganda Department, SARFT, and General Administration of Press and Publications Some Opinions concerning Deepening Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television Sector Reform’” (GBF No. (2001)17), hereby, the following implementation regulations concerning city (district) and county (city) radio and television broadcast organ function transformation are formulated.
I, City (district) and county (city) radio and television broadcasting organ function transformation must fix eyes upon liberating and developing radio and television productive forces, fix eyes upon strengthening and improving radio and television sector management, fix eyes upon even better mustering and giving rein to the vigour of city (district) and county (city) radio and television workers, fix eyes upon stimulating the healthy and ordered development of radio and television undertakings, further optimizing structures, and adjusting structures and rationally allocating resources. Promoting City (district) and county (city) radio and television broadcast organs to transform their work duties into relaying central and provincial radio and television programmes, transform the core of their work into expanding radio and television coverage and raising radio and television service levels, transform the energy of their work into reforming and perfecting radio and television network, developing cable radio and television users and expanding radio and television business.
III, The main tasks of City (district) and county (city) radio and television organ function transformation are (1) adjusting city (district) television station self-organized programme channel quantities, adjusting county (city) level radio and television stations’ self-organized channels into broadcasting timeslots, completing the establishment of public stations in provincial-level and a part of city-level television stations; (2) completing the vertical linking of the three levels of provincial, city and county radio and television transmission coverage networks, unifying operations and unifying management; (3) progressively implementing concentrated management over county (city) level and town radio and television, in localities that already realized networking connections of county and town radio and television transmission networks, county (city) administrative radio and television departments’ vertical management model for town and country radio and television offices “having tiao at the core” must be implemented as soon as possible.
III, Under the precondition of completely relaying all sets of radio and television programmes of the central and provincial levels, existing self-organized programme channels may be adjusted according to the following principles:
(1) Television stations in provincial capital cities and plan-listed cities, and cities (districts) with a GDP exceeding 100 billion Yuan may preserve the existing self-organized programme channels.
(2) Television stations in other cities (districts) may without exception only organize one channel by themselves. Where the existing self-organized channels exceed one, it must be reduced to one. Where 2 self-organized channels are required because of exceptional reasons, it must be reported to SARFT for approval.
(3) County (city, including the counties of provincial-level municipalities) radio and television stations, no longer preserve self-organized television programme channels, and may insert self-organized programmes into public channels. Cases with special circumstances are reported to SARFT for examination and approval.
IV, Provincial-level television stations establishing public channels, where the existing self-organized programmes include or exceed eight sets or more, must adjust the existing channels; where there are fewer than eight existing self-organized programmes, application for expansion may be made according to requirements.
Public channels shall plan certain timeslots and provide them to county (city) radio and television broadcast organs to broadcast their regional news and economic-type, science and technology-type, legal-type, agricultural-type and major event-type theme programmes, culture and art programmes with local characteristics as well as advertising, etc. Television stations establishing public channels shall clarify the scope, timing, and quantity of county (city) broadcast organs’ inserted programmes and advertising, rationalize operational mechanisms and appropriately resolve questions of profit sharing, etc.
A number of city (district) television stations may also establish one public channel with approval.
V, Radio programmes organized by city (district) radio stations and county (city) radio and television stations will not be adjusted for the time being.
VI, Continuing to consolidate the achievements of eliminating fragmentation and eliminating overflow, persisting in stopping phenomena such as illegal station setup outside of the radio and television system, disseminating radio and television programmes through networks without authorization, etc. Strengthening management over enterprise and undertaking work units’ cable radio and television offices, and problems of disorderly station naming, unauthorized setup of radio and television programmes, unauthorized receiving and transmitting of foreign satellite television programmes etc., must be timely investigated and prosecuted. Enterprise and undertaking work unit cable radio and television networks must link up with radio and television transmission networks in their administrative area, and progressively realize integration.
VII, Strengthening administrative management over educational television stations, vigorously creating conditions to stimulate city (district) education television stations to unite or merge with the same level’s television stations. Where provincial and city-level education television stations merge with the same level’s television stations, one educational programme set may be preserved after merging.
VIII, In the work of transforming duties, everything involving the changing of broadcasting organs’ station names, call signs, logos, programme set quantities, programme setup scope and channel adjustment shall be strictly conducted according to regulations, and the regular examination and approval formalities are to be conducted.
IX, City (district) and county (city) radio and television broadcasting organs in the Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia autonomous regions as well as the Tibetan regions in Qinghai, Sichuan, Gansu and Yunnan provinces provisionally do not conduct duty transformation work.
X, All levels’ administrative radio and television controlling departments must realistically strengthen leadership over duty transformation work, the number one leader is in charge of general duties, clarifying duties and implementing tasks. it is necessary to strengthen coordination and communication with the relevant departments of local Party Committees and governments, doing the ideological and political well, thoroughly and in detail, strengthening radio and television management, guaranteeing that no problems appear in propaganda, no problems appear in teams and no problems appear in reform, guaranteeing the smooth completion of City (district) and county (city) radio and television broadcasting organ duty transformation work.