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Communications Bill

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Variation and revocation of licences

      164        Variation and revocation of wireless telegraphy licences

Wireless telegraphy register

      165        Wireless telegraphy register

Information requirements

      166        Information requirements in relation to wireless telegraphy licences

Criminal proceedings etc.

      167        Contraventions of conditions for use of wireless telegraphy

      168        Meaning of “repeated contravention” in s. 167

      169        Procedure for prosecutions of wireless telegraphy offences

      170        Special procedure for contraventions by multiplex licence holders

      171        Amount of penalty under s. 170

      172        “Relevant amount of gross revenue” for the purposes of s. 171

      173        Proceedings for an offence relating to apparatus use

      174        Modification of penalties for certain wireless telegraphy offences

      175        Fixed penalties for certain wireless telegraphy offences

      176        Power of arrest

      177        Forfeiture etc. of restricted apparatus

Construction of 1949 Act

      178        Modification of definition of “undue interference”

      179        Modification of definition of “wireless telegraphy”

Chapter 3

Disputes and appeals


      180        Reference of disputes to OFCOM

      181        Action by OFCOM on dispute reference

      182        Legal proceedings about referred disputes

      183        Procedure for resolving disputes

      184        Disputes involving other member States

      185        Resolution of referred disputes

      186        OFCOM’s power to require information in connection with dispute


      187        Appeals against decisions by OFCOM, the Secretary of State etc.

      188        Reference of price control matters to the Competition Commission

      189        Composition of Competition Commission for price control references

      190        Decisions of the Tribunal

      191        Appeals from the Tribunal


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Interpretation of Chapter 3

      192        Interpretation of Chapter 3

Part 3

Television and Radio Services

Chapter 1

The BBC, C4C the Welsh Authority and the Gaelic media service


      193        Functions of OFCOM in relation to the BBC


      194        Functions of C4C

      195        Removal of members of C4C

      196        Deficits and surpluses of C4C

      197        Borrowing limit for C4C

The Welsh Authority

      198        Function of OFCOM in relation to the Welsh Authority

      199        Welsh Authority’s function of providing S4C and S4C Digital

      200        Powers to provide other services

      201        Other activities of Welsh Authority

      202        Welsh Authority finances

The Gaelic Media Service

      203        The Gaelic Media Service

      204        Membership of the Service

      205        Supplementary provisions about the Service

Chapter 2

Regulatory Structure for Independent Television Services


      206        Regulation of independent television services

      207        Abolition of function of assigning television frequencies

      208        Abolition of licensing for local cable systems

Channels 3 and 5

      209        Digital Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences

      210        Replacement of existing Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences

      211        Renewal of Channel 3 and 5 licences

      212        Financial terms of licence renewed under s. 211


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The public teletext service

      213        Duty to secure the provision of a public teletext service

      214        Licensing of the public teletext service

      215        Delegation of provision of public teletext service

      216        Replacement of existing public teletext provider’s licence

      217        Renewal of public teletext licence

      218        Financial terms of licence renewed under s. 217

Reviews relating to licensing of Channels 3 & 5 and teletext

      219        Application for review of financial terms of replacement licences

      220        Application for review of financial terms in consequence of new obligations

      221        Reviews under ss. 219 and 220

      222        Giving effect to reviews under ss 219 and 220

      223        Review in anticipation of new licensing round

      224        Orders suspending rights of renewal

Replacement of Channel 4 licence

      225        Replacement of Channel 4 licence

Television licensable content services

      226        Meaning of “television licensable content service”

      227        Services that are not television licensable content services

      228        Modification of ss. 226 and 227

      229        Licensing of television licensable content services

      230        Direction to licensee to take remedial action

      231        Penalties for contravention of licence condition or direction

      232        Revocation of television licensable content service licence

      233        Action against licence holders who incite crime or disorder

      234        Abolition of separate licences for certain television services

Television multiplex services

      235        Television multiplex services

      236        Composition of services in television multiplexes

      237        Powers where frequencies reserved for qualifying services

Local digital television services

      238        Local digital television services

Chapter 3

Regulatory Structure for Independent Radio Services


      239        Regulation of independent radio services

      240        Abolition of function of assigning radio frequencies


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Radio licensable content services

      241        Meaning of “radio licensable content services”

      242        Services that are not radio licensable content services

      243        Modification of ss. 241 and 242

      244        Licensing of radio licensable content services

      245        Abolition of separate licences for certain sound services

Licence periods etc.

      246        Extension of licence periods

      247        Extension and modification of existing licences

      248        Renewal of local licences

      249        Extension of special application procedure for local licences

Provision of simulcast radio services

      250        Definition of simulcast radio services

      251        Promotion of simulcast radio services

Multiplexes broadcasting sound programmes

      252        Radio multiplex services

      253        Digital sound services for inclusion in non-radio multiplexes

Access radio

      254        Access radio

Chapter 4

Regulatory provisions

Application of regulatory regimes

      255        Application of regulatory regimes

The public service remit for television

      256        OFCOM reports on the fulfilment of the public service remit

      257        Public service remits of licensed providers

      258        Statements of programme policy

      259        Changes of programme policy

      260        Statements of service policy by the public teletext provider

      261        Changes of service policy

      262        Enforcement of public service remits

      263        Power to amend public service remits

Must offer obligations etc. affecting public service television

      264        Must-offer obligations in relation to networks

      265        Must-offer obligations in relation to satellite services

      266        Securing reception of must-provide services in certain areas

      267        Must-provide services for the purposes of s. 266

      268        Co-operation with the public teletext provider


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Programming quotas for public service television

      269        Programming quotas for independent productions

      270        Programming quotas for original productions

News provision etc. on public service television

      271        News and current affairs programmes

      272        Appointed news providers for Channel 3

      273        Power to repeal Channel 3 news provider provisions

      274        News providers for Channel 5

      275        News provision on the public teletext service

Programme production and regional programming for public service television

      276        Programme production

      277        Regional programming

      278        Regional programme-making for Channel 4

      279        Inclusion of regional matters in the public teletext service

Networking arrangements for Channel 3

      280        Proposals for arrangements

      281        Obligation as to making and continuance of approved arrangements

      282        OFCOM’s power to impose arrangements

      283        Review of approved networking arrangements etc.

      284        Supplemental provision about networking arrangements

Special obligations for Channel 4

      285        Involvement of C4 Corporation in programme-making

      286        Schools programmes on Channel 4

      287        Channel 4 contribution towards national television archive

Special obligation for the public teletext provider

      288        Conditions prohibiting interference with other services

Sporting and other events of national interest

      289        Categorisation of listed events

      290        Effects of categorisation of listed events

      291        Code relating to listed events

      292        Regulations about coverage of listed events

Television services for the deaf and visually impaired

      293        Code relating to provision for deaf and visually impaired

      294        Procedure for issuing and revising code under s. 293

      295        Meaning of “relevant date” in s. 293

      296        Power to modify targets in s. 293

      297        Observance of code under s. 293


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Programming quotas for digital television programme services

      298        Quotas for independent programmes

Regulation of electronic programme guides

      299        Code of practice for electronic programme guides

      300        Conditions to comply with code under s. 299

Character and coverage of radio services

      301        Character and coverage of sound broadcasting services

      302        Local content and character of local sound broadcasting services

      303        Variations of radio multiplex licences affecting service characteristics

Competition between licensed providers etc.

      304        Conditions relating to competition matters

      305        Exercise of Broadcasting Act powers for a competition purpose

      306        Review of powers exercised for competition purposes

Programme and fairness standards for television and radio

      307        OFCOM’s standards code

      308        Special impartiality requirements

      309        Objectives for advertisements and sponsorship

      310        Supplementary powers relating to advertising

      311        Modification of matters to be taken into account under s. 307

      312        Setting and publication of standards

      313        Observance of standards code

      314        Duty to observe fairness code

      315        Standards with respect to fairness

      316        Duty to publicise OFCOM’s functions in relation to complaints

Power to proscribe unacceptable foreign television and radio services

      317        Proscription orders

      318        Effect of proscription order

      319        Notification for enforcing proscription

      320        Penalties for contravention of notification under s. 319

Party political broadcasts on television and radio

      321        Party political broadcasts

Monitoring of programmes

      322        Retention and production of recordings

International obligations

      323        Conditions securing compliance with international obligations


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Government requirements for licensed services

      324        Government requirements for licensed services

Equal opportunities and training

      325        Promotion of equal opportunities and training

Corresponding rules for the BBC and Welsh Authority

      326        Corresponding rules for the BBC and the Welsh Authority

Enforcement against the Welsh Authority

      327        Review of fulfilment by Welsh Authority of public service remits

      328        Directions to Welsh Authority to take remedial action

      329        Imposition of penalties on the Welsh Authority

      330        Contraventions recorded in Welsh Authority’s annual report

      331        Provision of information by Welsh Authority

Enforcement of licence conditions

      332        Transmission of statement of findings

      333        Financial penalties imposable on licence holders

      334        Broadcasting Act licence fees and penalties

Chapter 5

Media ownership and control

Restrictions on licence holders

      335        Modification of disqualification provisions

      336        Licence holding by local authorities

      337        Relaxation of licence-holding restrictions

      338        Restrictions relating to nominated news providers

Changes of control

      339        Changes of control of Channel 3 services

      340        Action following review under s. 339

      341        Variation of local licence following change of control

      342        Action following review under section 341

Meaning of control

      343        Meaning of “control”

Chapter 6

Other provisions about television and radio services

Annual report on television and radio

      344        Annual factual and statistical report


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