Notice Concerning Standardizing Rebroadcast Management of Domestic Television Dramas from Before the Implementation of the Distribution Permit System
On 10 November, SARFT distributed the “SARFT Notice Concerning Standardizing Rebroadcast Management of Television Dramas from Before the Implementation of the Distribution Permit System” to all provincial, autonomous region and municipal radio, film and television bureaus, CCTV and the PLA General Political Department’s Propaganda Division, the Notice says that since 1 November 1998, the State has formally implemented a distribution permit system for television dramas, and has made corresponding provisions concerning television drama distribution and broadcast: only after domestic television dramas have obtained a distribution permit, is it permitted to conduct distribution work. In view of the fact that demand exists for the continued distribution, broadcast, export, etc., of television dramas of which the production was finished before the distribution permit system was implemented, to standardize management, hereby, the following is notified:
I, Concerning television dramas never having obtained distribution permits, for continued distribution, broadcast, export, etc., a report must be filed to and a television drama distribution permit must be obtained from the local administrative radio, film and television entity. All provincial-level administrative radio, film and television entities shall according to the present examination procedure and requirements, strictly guard the pass over content, and ensure the proper orientations. Programmes which are obliged by regulation to be reported to SARFT for final examination shall be reported to SARFT for examination.
II, All provincial-level administrative radio, film and television entities, when accepting this sort of television drama, must carefully check the corresponding application materials. After the application materials are all complete, and re-examination is passed, a distribution permit is passed through the television drama electronic administration platform for the concerned television drama, on the distribution permit for this kind of television drama, “Notice: this drama was finished in the year xxxx, and is hereby re-examined for permit issuance” shall be marked.
III, All levels’ administrative radio, film and television entities, when calculating corresponding television drama data, shall not calculate this sort of programme being issued with a permit after re-examination into
IV, Please transmit this document to subordinate television stations, if it is discovered that broadcast of this sort of television drama is organized without permit, it shall be corrected immediately and examination formalities shall be conducted according to regulations.
This Notice takes effect on the day of issuance. The “SARFT Television Drama Management Department Notice Concerning Standardizing Rebroadcast Management of Domestic Television Dramas from Before the Implementation of the Distribution Permit System” (SGN No. (2009)9) shall be abolished at the same time.