Notice concerning Further Strengthening Radio and Television Channel Management

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On 4 August 2005, SARFT issued the “SARFT Notice concerning Further Strengthening Radio and Television Channel Management” to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio and television bureaus (offices), the “Notice” pointed out that, since recent times, the phenomena of covert rental and transfer of radio and television channels and frequencies, timeslots and columns (hereafter jointly named channels) had appeared in some radio stations and television stations, which resulted in the weakening of propaganda editing powers and commercial control, and influenced radio and television propaganda security and operational order. In order to adapt to the requirements of dynamic development, further strengthen radio and television channel management and realistically guarantee the healthy and orderly development of radio and television, the following is notified:

I, According to the provisions of the “Radio and Television Management Regulations” (State Council Decree No. 228), the “Some Provisions concerning Non-Public Capital Entering the Cultural Industries” (GF No. (2005) 10) and other corresponding laws and regulations, radio stations and television stations may not rent out or transfer broadcast timeslots, non-public capital, foreign capital and foreign-backed capital may not in any way be invested into commercial radio and television channel, and may not covertly enter into radio and television channels and propaganda or editorial business through commercial activities.

II, Under the presupposition of closely grasping the power to appoint main leading cadres, the power to make policy decisions on major matters, the power to control asset deployment and the power of final adjudication over propaganda content, radio stations and television stations may divest the programming production business in music, science and technology, sports, entertainment, etc., and their advertising agency business, and establish companies to operate them. Radio stations and television stations establishing commercial programme production and advertising agency companies, shall put cash up for this, and may not use channel resources, business, brands, etc., to put up capital or establish companies under collaborative conditions. With SARFT approval, and under the presupposition that radio stations or television stations hold 51% of shares or more, the above programming production companies and commercial advertising agency companies may attract non-public capital to invest in shares, but the investing side may not participate in propaganda and editorial business.

III, Radio stations and television stations must completely grasp the propaganda and editorial power over channel orientation, column setup, organizational arrangement, investigation of broadcast, etc., and the power to make commercial policies in advertising pricing, timeslot arrangement, investigation of announcements, etc. On the basis of grasping programme planning (including categories, styles and content) and the power to lead production business, radio stations and television stations cooperate with social organs through cooperation, entrustment and other methods to produce radio and television programmes other than current affairs, news and similar special subjects or column programmes. Radio and television advertising agency enterprises may put forward opinions concerning concrete advertising broadcast time arrangements, but may not at the same time provide radio and television programmes corresponding to the advertising timeslots they act as agents for to broadcasting organs, they may not participate or influence radio and television propaganda and editing business in any way.

IV, All levels’ radio and television departments must complete inspection and standardization work according to the requirements of this Notice. Where non-public capital, foreign capital or foreign-backed capital participates in cooperative channel running, the contract must be terminated, and the aftermath matters appropriately handled; cases of commerce in violation of regulations and covertly entering propaganda and editorial business covertly through programme, advertising agency and other methods, must be rectified and standardized; where no contract or agreement has been signed, matters must be ceased without exception. Before 15 October, all levels’ radio stations and television stations are required to conduct self-examination and self-rectification according to this Notice, provincial-level administrative radio and television departments are responsible for examination and inspection work, those not conform to requirements must be supervised in completing rectification. Radio stations and television stations that do not complete self-examination and self-rectification, reform and standardization work on time, must be given the punishment of a warning according to the Central Propaganda Department and SARFT “Opinions concerning Establishing a Warning System for Radio and Television Broadcasting Organs Violating Discipline and Violating Regulations”; where circumstances are grave and have not been rectified according to requirements, they will be punished with cancelation of the channel according to the provisions of the “Radio and Televisions Management Regulations”.

V, Strengthening management over radio and television channels, has a strong political nature and policy nature with regards to the Party’s control over the core resources of the media, and our country’s ideological security, it must be given high regard with a firm attitude, and must be careful and meticulous, paying attention to method. All levels’ administrative radio and television departments, radio stations and television stations must further strengthen a political consciousness, a consciousness of the larger picture, a sense of responsibility, a sense of the battlefield, make this work into a serious political task, and realistically grasp it well. Before the end of October, all provincial-level radio administrative radio and television departments will report the examination and rectification situation to SARFT, SARFT will conduct examination on a nationwide scope.

All localities are requested to timely report relevant situations and problems encountered in inspection and rectification work to SARFT.

加强广播电视频道管理的通知

2005年8月4日,国家广电总局向各省、自治区、直辖市广播影视局(厅)发出《广电总局关于进一步加强广播电视频道管理的通知》,《通知》指出,近一个时期以来,一些广播电台、电视台出现了变相出租、转让广播电视频道、频率和时段、栏目(以下统称频道)的现象,导致了宣传编辑权和经营控制力的削弱,影响了广播电视宣传安全和运行秩序。为了适应形势发展要求,进一步加强广播电视频道管理,切实保障广播电视健康有序发展,通知如下:

一、根据《广播电视管理条例》(国务院令第228号)、《关于非公有资本进入文化产业的若干决定》(国发〔2005〕10号)等相关法规的规定,广播电台、电视台不得出租、转让播出时段,非公有资本、外资及外资背景资本不得以任何方式投资经营广播电视频道,不得通过经营活动变相进入广播电视频道及宣传编辑业务。
二、在牢牢掌握主要领导干部任免权、重大事项决策权、资产配置控制权、宣传内容终审权的前提下,广播电台、电视台可将音乐、科技、体育、娱乐等节目制作业务、广告代理经营业务剥离组建公司运作。广播电台、电视台组建节目制作、广告代理经营公司,应以现金出资,不得将频道资源、业务、品牌等作为出资或合作条件组建公司。经广电总局批准,在广播电台、电视台控股51%以上的前提下,上述节目制作公司、广告代理经营公司可以吸收非公有资本投资参股,但投资方不得参与宣传编辑业务。
三、广播电台、电视台必须要完全掌控频道定位、栏目设置、组织编排、审查播出等宣传编辑权和广告定价、时段安排、审查发布等经营决策权。在掌握节目策划(包括类型、风格、内容)和制作业务主导权的基础上,广播电台、电视台可以联合、委托等方式与社会机构合作制作时政新闻及同类专题、专栏以外的广播电视节目。广播电视广告代理企业可以对具体广告的播出时段安排提出建议,但不得同时向播出机构提供与所代理经营的广告时段相关的广播电视节目,不得以任何方式参与、影响广播电视宣传编辑业务。
四、各级广播电视部门要按照本通知要求做好检查规范工作。对参与频道合作经营的非公有资本、外资及外资背景资本,要中止合同,妥善处理善后工作;对违规经营和通过节目、广告代理经营等方式变相进入宣传编辑业务领域的,要整改规范;尚未签订合同协议的,要一律停止。10月15日前,各级广播电台、电视台按本通知要求进行自查自纠,省级广电行政部门负责检查验收,不符合要求的要督促完成整改。对未能按期完成自查自纠和整改规范工作的广播电台、电视台,要按照中宣部、广电总局《关于建立违纪违规广播电视播出机构警告制度的意见》给予警告处分;情节严重且不按要求整改的,将按照《广播电视管理条例》规定给予撤销频道的处罚。
五、加强对广播电视频道的管理,事关党对媒体核心资源的控制,事关我国意识形态的安全,政治性、政策性很强,既要高度重视,态度坚决,又要细致稳妥,讲究方法。各级广电行政部门、广播电台、电视台要进一步增强政治意识、大局意识、责任意识、阵地意识,把这项工作作为一项严肃的政治任务,切实抓紧抓好。10月底前,各省级广电行政部门将检查纠正情况报广电总局,广电总局将在全国范围内进行检查。
各地在检查纠正工作中遇到的有关情况和问题,请及时报告广电总局。

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