Chapter III. Program Regulation
Radio/television programs are classified into the following four categories:
1. News and publicity of government policies and orders
2. Education and culture
3. Public service
Programming under Subparagraphs 1 through 3 of the preceding article may account for no less than 45 percent of the total weekly broadcasting time of radio stations, or 50 percent of the total weekly broadcasting time of television stations.
Entertainment programs shall make the dissemination of Chinese culture and the promotion of ethics, democracy, science, and education as their standard.
The standards of the contents and airtime allocation for these programs shall be prescribed by the regulatory agency.
The allocation of programming for stations with special missions or of a specialized nature shall be prescribed by the regulatory agency in conjunction with other relevant agencies.
Locally produced programs shall not be less than 70 percent of the total radio/television programs; among them, locally produced drama programs that are broadcasted in the main time slot shall not be less than 50 percent of the programs with the same category.
Foreign-language programs shall carry Chinese subtitles or broadcast with Mandarin narration. If necessary, the regulatory agency may instruct that the programs be dubbed in Chinese
The identification, category and main time slot of locally produced program as well as other relevant and to-be-followed details shall be regulated by the regulatory agency.
The contents of radio/television programs shall not:
1. Violate compulsory or prohibitive regulations under the law;
2. Impair the physical or mental health of children or juveniles; or
3. Disrupt public order or adversely affect good social customs.
Radio/television programs shall not comment on legal cases under investigation or trial, judicial personnel handling the cases, or the parties involved; nor shall they carry the debate of lawsuits that are prohibited from being open to the public.
If an involved party considers a station’s report to be erroneous, the said party may request a correction within 15 days of its broadcast. The station shall make the correction in the same program or in another program in the same time slot within seven days of receiving the request. If the station considers that there is no error in the report, it shall make a written response to the said party.
If the erroneous report of the preceding paragraph causes actual impairment to the rights and interests of the involved party, the station, its responsible person, and related personnel shall be liable to civil or criminal charges.
If radio/television commentaries involve other people or agencies or organizations to the extent of impairing their rights and interests, the stations concerned shall not reject requests by the involved parties for an equal opportunity for defense.
All programming other than news programs broadcast by stations may be subjected to screening by the regulatory agency. The screening regulations shall be prescribed by the regulatory agency.
The regulatory agency may designate publicly and privately operated stations to make joint or separate broadcast of news programs as well as programs for publicizing government policies and orders.
The regulatory agency shall classify television programs according to their contents and impose age restrictions and conditions for program viewing. The classification regulations shall be prescribed by the regulatory agency. Television businesses shall broadcast programs according to the said regulations.
The regulatory agency may designate time slots for the broadcast of specific programs.
Stations shall submit their program schedules to the regulatory agency for advanced approval. This shall also apply to alterations in the program schedules.
Any kind of programs for use by stations shall be imported or exported with permission from the regulatory agency.
Before a station uses international communications relay facilities to broadcast a foreign program or to broadcast a domestic program abroad, it shall obtain approval from the regulatory agency.