Management Regulations Concerning Further Standardizing Mass-Participation Selection-Type Radio and Television Activities and Programmes

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All provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio film and television bureaus (offices), the Xinjiang Production-Construction Corps Radio and Television Bureau, the Three Central Stations:

In recent years, mass-participation selection-type radio and television activities and programmes, have made beneficial attempts in aspects of innovating radio and television forms, content, methods, etc., have enriched and satisfied the popular masses’ multi-layered and diversified spiritual culture requirements. All administrative radio and television entities and broadcasting organs have mostly strengthened management over mass-participation selection-type activities and programmes according to SARFT requirements, and have achieved certain effects. But, there are presently still a number of mass-participation selection-type activities and programmes in which problems of vulgarity exist in segment planning, selection of judges, contestant displays, performance content, etc., that deviate the basic orientation of positiveness, healthiness and upwardness, damaging the image of radio and television media, with strong public reaction. In order to further standardize management, the relevant matters are hereby notified as follows:

I, This Notice’s management content includes all kinds of competitions, contests, prize-giving, athletic competition and other radio and television activities and programmes openly listing names, which result in winning prizes, broadcasted by all levels’ television stations, recruiting from all over society, and organizing the participation of contestants.

II, All provincial-level and vice-provincial-level television stations’ satellite channels organizing or broadcasting mass-participation selection-type activities must, after reporting to the provincial-level administrative radio, film and television entity for examination and verification, report for approval with SARFT three months in advance; the central television station, central people’s radio station, the China International Radio Station and China Education Television organizing and broadcasting all kinds of mass-participation selection-type activities, report to SARFT for approval three months in advance. Where all levels’ television satellite channels applying to organize or broadcast mass-participation selection-type activities establish competition areas outside the border, they must report to SARFT for individual approval. All provincial and vice provincial-level television terrestrial channels organizing mass-participation selection-type activities within the scope of their jurisdiction, must report to the provincial-level administrative radio, film and television entity for approval.

III, All provincial-level and vice-provincial-level television stations’ satellite channels organizing or broadcasting mass-participation selection-type activities may in principle not exceed one per year, and the broadcasting time of every activity may not exceed two months, the number of broadcasts may not exceed 10 times, the duration of every broadcast may not exceed 90 minutes. Of those, for the last broadcast or finals, the live broadcast method may be adopted, with a broadcast delay of at least one minute, guaranteeing that there are no problems. Sub-contest area activities may not be broadcast on all provincial-level or vice-provincial level television stations’ satellite channels. From 1 October 2007, all provincial-level or vice-provincial level television stations’ satellite channels’ every mass-participation selection-type activities may not be broadcast between 19:30 and 22:30. Organization of all sorts of activities such as follow-up or tours related to mass-participation selection-type activities, may not be broadcast on all television channels’ satellite stations.

IV, In mass-participation selection-type activities and programmes, segment design must tightly control the selection content, content such as the hosts’ hosting speech, the judges’ criticisms, the contestants’ impressions, the expression of feelings by friends and relatives, inserted images, etc., must be largely reduced, and the overall time may not exceed 20% of every programme. The selection of basic content must occupy 80% or more of the complete programme duration. In singing-type contests, (apart from foreign special music competitions), the proportion of domestic songs sung in every broadcast must be 75% or more.

V, Contestants’ stage manner, language, hairstyle and dress must conform to the aesthetic feelings of the masses. It is necessary to conduct strict screening of contestants, and contestants with inferior moral character and low personal quality may not be selected. Contestants’ spirit and bearing shall be displayed as strong, mature, independent, self-confident, healthy and upward. It is prohibited to fabricate witticisms, sedulously arouse emotion and play up mournful emotions, it is prohibited to broadcast or suggest contestants’ negative information and gossip in the programme. Contestants must be 18 years of age or more. Organizing selection-type activities in which minors participate must be reported for approval individually with SARFT.

VI, Hosts must have a correct orientation, strengthen a consciousness of social responsibility, and be good at dealing with sudden problems in programmes. Hosts may not express personal feelings or good and bad in the programme, may not sedulously display themselves, hosts’ speech must be succinct, and private forms of address such as “big brother, big sister, little brother or little sister” may not be used towards contestants, honoured guests, judges or other performers. There may be no sarcastic speech, flattery or flirtation between hosts.

VII, Judges and honoured guests must have authoritativeness and expertise, and must be generally acknowledged in their trade. Judges and distinguishes guests must have desirable social virtues, individual morals and cultural ability. Judges and honoured guests’ criticism must be fair, expert, appropriate and succinct, must guide the audiences’ raising of their artistic appreciation levels, and may not discuss content that is not related to the selection itself, it is prohibited to use the status of judge or distinguished guest to publicize themselves, their dress, hairstyle, etc., must be befitting their position. Broadcast organs organizing mass-participation selection-type activities, after obtaining approval, must within one month, after examination and verification by the provincial-level administrative radio, film and television entity, submit a name list of judges and honoured guests to SARFT. Replacement of judges or honoured guests must be reported to the provincial-level bureau and SARFT for approval, and the reasons must be explained.

VII, All levels’ television stations’ satellite channels or terrestrial channels inviting foreigners to act as honoured guests, host, judges, performers and to plan mass-participation selection-type activities and programme production, must report to SARFT for approval according to regulations.

IX, It is necessary to establish scientific selection standards and contest principles. It is prohibited to use any kind of outside voting method such as mobile telephone voting telephone voting, network voting, etc. The inside voting method must be open, fair and just, it is prohibited to in any kind of way mislead or induce audience votes. All kinds of mass-participation selection-type activities without exception do not provide money awards or trophies.

X, Broadcasting organs organizing mass-participation selection-type activities and programmes, must clarify all levels’ responsible persons, clarify the duties and responsibilities taken up, and must have clear advance measures against problems that may happen; responsible persons in charge must conduct pre-broadcast examination and completely keep the gates of the programme. At the same time as applying for the organization of mass-participation selection-type activities, a list of names of the programme’s responsible persons must be submitted, which shall be published by SARFT on the governmental web site.

XI, All broadcasting organs must give high regard to and speedily rectify problems put forward by all levels’ administrative radio, film and television entities programme content supervision organs. All broadcasted content that is criticised for the first time by the SARFT programme content supervision organ must be immediately rectified; that criticised for the second time, shall be issued with a cessation of programme broadcast warning by SARFT; that criticised for the third time, shall be issued with a cessation of programme broadcast notice by SARFT. To those where problems are pointed out, that do not immediately rectify, SARFT shall at the same time as ordering immediate cessation of broadcast, cancel the annual organization of mass-participation selection-type activities qualifications of that broadcast organ for the next year or impose other administrative punishments in view of the situation.

XII, All levels’ administrative radio, film and television entities must realistically resist low and vulgar tendencies and strengthen management over mass-participation selection-type activities and programmes. They must establish corresponding programme supervision, warning and broadcast cessation systems, and must report the implementation situation to SARFT in due course. For all problems with a grave character, the administrative management entity’s neglect of supervisory duty and dereliction of responsibility must be investigated.

XIII, The central television station, central people’s radio station and China International Radio Station, according to the orientation of channels and frequencies, may organize nationwide mass-participation selection-type activities. China Education Television may organize nationwide mass-participation education and teaching-type selection activities. Central radio and television broadcasting organs must strictly according to the spirit of this Notice, substantially reduce activity quantities, broadcasting numbers, duration, etc., and raise activity quality. All activities of this type must be broadcasted outside of the time between 19:30 and 22:30.

XIV, The requirements of this Notice on broadcast times, programme content, contestants, hosts, judges, honoured guests, voting methods and all levels’ administrative radio, film and television entities apply to all levels’ television stations’ every fixed column with mass selection, interaction with honoured guests, participation of judges, installation of name lists and promotions.

XV, All levels’ radio and television organs, if they must broadcast or organize mass-participation selection-type activities and programmes outside of SARFT regulations because of special needs, they may report individually to SAFT. If the quantity of programmes, quantity of broadcast, times, durations, etc., must be changed, it shall be reported to SARFT as a special case according to procedure.

XVI, The requirements of this Notice on programme content, hosts, judges, honoured guests and all levels’ administrative radio, film and television entities apply simultaneously to all sorts of radio and television entertainment, interview and live programmes.

XVII, Management regulations over mass-participation selection-type activities and programmes, shall be subject to this Notice.

关于进一步规范群众参与的选拔类广播电视活动和节目的管理通知

各省、自治区、直辖市广播影视局(厅),新疆生产建设兵团广电局,中央三台:

近年来,群众参与的选拔类广播电视活动和节目,在创新广播电视形式、内容、手段等方面作了有益尝试,丰富和满足了人民群众多层次、多样化的精神文化需求。各广播影视行政部门和播出机构大都按照总局要求,对群众参与的选拔类活动和节目加强管理,取得了一定成效。但是,目前仍有一些群众参与的选拔类活动和节目在环节设计、评委选择、选手表现、表演内容等方面存在低俗问题,背离了积极、健康、向上的基本定位,损害了广播电视媒体的形象,观众反映强烈。为进一步规范管理,现将有关事项通知如下:

一、本通知管理内容包括各级电台、电视台制作播出的面向社会招募、组织选手参加的各类大赛、比赛、评奖、竞技及其它公布排名、获奖结果的广播电视活动和节目。

二、各省级、副省级电视台上星频道举办、播出群众参与的选拔类活动须报省级广播影视行政部门审核后,提前三个月报国家广电总局批准;中央电视台、中央人民广播电台、中国国际广播电台、中国教育电视台举办、播出各种群众参与的选拔类活动,提前三个月报总局批准。各级电视台上星频道申请举办、播出群众参与的选拔类活动如在境外设立赛区,必须向总局单项报批。省级、副省级电视台地面频道举办本辖区范围内群众参与的选拔类活动须报省级广播影视行政部门批准。

三、各省级、副省级电视台上星频道举办、播出群众参与的选拔类活动原则上每年不超过一项,每项活动播出时间不超过两个月,播出场次不超过10场,每场播出时间不超过90分钟。其中,决赛的最后一场可以采用现场直播方式,并至少延时1分钟播出,确保不出问题。分赛区活动不得在各省级、副省级电视台上星频道播出。自2007年10月1日起,各省级、副省级电视台上星频道所有群众参与的选拔类活动不得在19:30至22:30时段播出。举办群众参与的选拔类活动的后续巡演等各类活动,不得在各级电视台上星频道播出。

四、群众参与的选拔类活动和节目,环节设计必须紧扣选拔内容,主持人的主持词、评委点评、选手感言、亲友抒怀、插播画面等内容要大量减少,总时长不得超过整个节目的20%。选拔本身内容必须占整个节目时长80%以上。歌唱类(外国歌曲专题比赛除外)比赛中,每场演唱国内歌曲比例要占75%以上。

五、选手的台风、语言、发型、服饰要符合大众审美观念。要对选手进行严格筛选,不得选用品德低劣、素质低下的选手。应当表现选手坚强、成熟、自立、自信、健康、向上等精神风貌。不得制造噱头、刻意煽情和渲染悲切情绪,不得在节目中传播或暗示选手的负面消息和流言。选手年龄必须在18岁以上。举办有未成年人参与的选拔类活动必须向总局单项报批。

六、主持人要定位准确,增强社会责任意识,善于处理节目中的突发问题。主持人不得在节目中表达私人情感、好恶,不得刻意表现自己,主持词要简短,不得对选手、嘉宾、评委或其他表演者使用“哥、姐、弟、妹”等私人称谓。主持人之间不得相互挖苦、吹捧、调情。

七、评委、嘉宾要具备权威性和专业性,要业界公认。评委、嘉宾要具有良好的社会公德、个人品德和文化涵养。评委、嘉宾点评要公正、专业、恰当、简短,要引导观众提高艺术鉴赏水平,不得谈论与选拔本身无关的内容,不得利用评委、嘉宾身份张扬自我,着装、发型等要得体。播出机构举办群众参与的选拔类活动获批准后,要在一个月内,经省级广播影视行政部门审核后向总局报送评委、嘉宾名单。更换评委、嘉宾需报省局、总局批准,并说明原因。

八、各级电视台上星频道或地面频道邀请境外人士作为嘉宾主持、评委、演员和策划加入群众参与的选拔类活动和节目制作,须按规定单独报总局批准。

九、要设立科学的评选标准和赛事规则。不得采用手机投票、电话投票、网络投票等任何场外投票方式。场内投票方式要公开、公平、公正,不得以各种方式误导、诱导观众投票。各种群众参与的选拔类活动一律不设奖金奖品。

十、举办群众参与的选拔类活动和节目的播出机构,必须明确各级责任人,明确所承担的义务和责任,对可能发生的问题要有明确的预案措施;主管负责人要对节目进行播前审查、全程把关。申请举办群众参与的选拔类活动需同时报送节目负责人名单,总局将在政府网站中予以公布。

十一、各播出机构对各级广播影视行政部门节目内容监管机构提出的问题,要高度重视、迅速整改。凡播出内容被总局节目内容监管机构第一次批评的,要立即整改;第二次批评的,总局将发出节目停播警告;第三次批评的,总局发出节目停播通知。对观众批评强烈、问题严重的节目,一经查实,总局即发出停播通知。对已被指出问题不立即整改的,总局在责令其立即停播的同时,取消该播出机构下一年度举办群众参与的选拔类活动资格或视情节进行其它行政处罚。

十二、各级广播影视行政部门要切实抵制低俗之风,加强对群众参与的选拔类活动和节目的管理。要建立相应的节目监督、警告、停播制度,并要将执行情况随时上报总局。凡问题性质严重的,要追究行政管理部门失察和不作为责任。

十三、中央电视台、中央人民广播电台、中国国际广播电台根据频道、频率定位,可以举办全国性群众参与的选拔类活动。中国教育电视台可以举办全国性群众参与的教育教学类选拔活动。中央广播电视播出机构要严格按照本通知精神,大幅度削减活动数量、场次、时长等,提高活动质量。所有此类活动均在19:30至22:30时段外播出。

十四、本通知中对播出时段、节目内容、选手、主持人、评委、嘉宾、投票方式和各级广播影视行政管理部门的要求适用于各级电视台凡有群众选拔、嘉宾互动、评委参与,设置排名、晋级的固定栏目。

十五、各级广播电视机构如在总局规定之外有特殊需要须播出、举办群众参与的选拔类活动和节目,可向总局单独报批。如须变更数量、场次、时段、时长等,作为特例按程序向总局申报。

十六、通知中对节目内容、主持人、评委、嘉宾和各级广播电视行政管理部门的要求,同时适用于各类广播电视娱乐、访谈、直播节目。

十七、对于群众参与的选拔类广播电视活动和节目的管理规定,以本通知为准。

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