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SARFT Merged with Press Regulator

2013-03-14 10:10:50        Chinese Films

State Administration of Radio, Film & Television (SARFT) is to be merged with the General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP) to form the State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

The move is part of a major government restructuring announced on Sunday with the intent of eliminating the duplication of activities across government agencies so as to reduce bureaucracy, buck-passing and the potential for corruption.

Since 1981, there has been a steady reduction in the number of ministries, commissions and departments directly under state control. This is the first restructuring to impact the film sector since 1998 when SARFT was formed.

The new media body will continue to regulate the film industry, but will be tasked with being more agile in dealing with new media, copyright infringement, and the promotion of Chinese culture both domestically and globally.

There is no suggestion that regulation of film will be reduced. Producers must still seek licenses before films can go into production and be distributed in cinemas. Newspapers and other publishing houses operate under similarly strict regulations.

The smaller regional bureaus of SARFT and GAPP have already started the process of merging, ahead of the top-level changes in Beijing. A less unwieldy title — in both English and Chinese — may yet be adopted for the new agency.

Source: Film Business Asia

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