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Communications Bill

Communications Bill



Grants for access radio

      345        Grants to access radio providers

Supplemental provisions of Part 3

      346        Amendments of the 1990 and 1996 Acts

      347        Meaning of “available for reception by members of the public”

      348        Interpretation of Part 3

Part 4

Licensing of TV reception

      349        Licence required for use of TV receiver

      350        TV licences

      351        TV licence fees

      352        Powers to enforce TV licensing

      353        Interpretation of provisions about dealer notification

      354        Meanings of “television receiver” and “use”

Part 5

Competition in communications markets

Chapter 1

Functions of OFCOM under competition legislation

      355        Matters in relation to which OFCOM have competition functions

      356        OFCOM’s functions under Part 4 of the Enterprise Act 2002

      357        OFCOM’s functions under the Competition Act 1998

      358        Application of the Competition Act 1998 to news provision

Chapter 2

Newspaper mergers


      359        Repeal of existing newspaper merger regime

      360        Repeal of exclusion for newspaper mergers from general merger controls

Adaptation for newspaper mergers of main merger regime

      361        Newspaper public interest considerations

      362        Adaptation of role of OFT in initial investigations and reports

      363        Additional investigation and report by OFCOM

Extension of special public interest regime

      364        Extension of special public interest regime for certain newspaper mergers

      365        Adaptation of role of OFT in special public interest regime

      366        Additional investigation and report by OFCOM: special public interest cases


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New general functions in relation to newspaper mergers

      367        Public consultation in relation to newspaper mergers

      368        General information duties in relation to newspaper mergers

      369        Advice and information in relation to newspaper mergers

      370        General advisory functions of OFCOM in relation to newspaper mergers

      371        Other general functions of OFCOM in relation to newspaper mergers

      372        Monitoring role for OFT in relation to newspaper mergers

Supplemental provisions of Chapter 2

      373        Enforcement powers in relation to newspaper mergers

      374        Alterations to newspaper panel of Competition Commission

      375        Further provision in connection with newspaper mergers

Part 6

Miscellaneous and Supplemental

Annual report

      376        Annual report on the Secretary of State’s functions

Review of media ownership

      377        Review of media ownership

Guidelines as to penalties

      378        Penalties imposed by OFCOM

Disclosure of information

      379        General restrictions on disclosure of information

Notifications etc. and electronic working

      380        Service of notifications and other documents

      381        Notifications and documents in electronic form

      382        Timing and location of things done electronically

Other miscellaneous provisions

      383        Purchase of Duchy of Lancaster land

      384        Repeal of certain provisions of the Telecommunications Act 1984


      385        Expenses

      386        Destination of licence fees and penalties

      387        Power of Secretary of State to make orders and regulations

      388        Regulations and orders made by OFCOM

      389        Criminal liability of company directors etc.

      390        General interpretation

      391        Minor and consequential amendments, transitionals and repeals


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      392        Pre-consolidation amendments

      393        Transitional provision for anticipatory carrying out of functions

      394        Application of enactments to territorial sea and other waters

      395        Short title, commencement and extent

                  Schedule 1                                         Functions transferred to OFCOM

                  Schedule 2                                         Transfer schemes

                  Schedule 3                                         Amendments of Schedule 2 to the Telecommunications Act


                  Schedule 4                                         Compulsory purchase and entry for exploratory purposes

                  Schedule 5                                         Procedure for grants of recognised spectrum access

                  Schedule 6                                         Fixed penalties for wireless telegraphy offences

                  Schedule 7                                         Seizure and forfeiture of apparatus

                  Schedule 8                                         Decisions not subject to appeal

                  Schedule 9                                         Arrangements about carrying on of C4C’s activities

                  Schedule 10                                         Licensing the public teletext service

                  Part 1                    —                     Applications for and award of licence

                  Part 2                    —                     Conditions and enforcement of licence

                  Part 3                    —                     Interpretation of Schedule

                  Schedule 11                                         Approval, imposition and modification of networking


                  Schedule 12                                         Corresponding obligations of the BBC and Welsh Authority

                  Part 1                    —                     The BBC

                  Part 2                    —                     The Welsh Authority

                  Schedule 13                                         Financial penalties under the Broadcasting Acts

                  Part 1                    —                     Broadcasting Act 1990

                  Part 2                    —                     Broadcasting Act 1996

                  Schedule 14                                         Media ownership rules

                  Part 1                    —                     Channel 3 services

                  Part 2                    —                     Radio multiplex services

                  Part 3                    —                     Local sound programme services

                  Part 4                    —                     Supplemental provisions of Schedule

                  Schedule 15                                         Amendments of Broadcasting Acts

                  Part 1                    —                     Amendments of the 1990 Act

                  Part 2                    —                     Amendments of the 1996 Act

                  Schedule 16                                         Further amendments in connection with newspaper mergers

                  Schedule 17                                         Minor and Consequential Amendments

                  Schedule 18                                         Transitional Provisions

                  Schedule 19                                         Repeals


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