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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

Meaning of initial expiry date

      219        Meaning of “initial expiry date”

Reviews relating to licensing of Channels 3 & 5 and teletext

      220        Application for review of financial terms of replacement licences

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

      222        Reviews under ss. 220 and 221

      223        Giving effect to reviews under ss. 220 and 221

      224        Report in anticipation of new licensing round

      225        Orders suspending rights of renewal

Replacement of Channel 4 licence

      226        Replacement of Channel 4 licence

Television licensable content services

      227        Meaning of “television licensable content service”

      228        Services that are not television licensable content services

      229        Modification of ss. 227 and 228

      230        Licensing of television licensable content services

      231        Direction to licensee to take remedial action

      232        Penalties for contravention of licence condition or direction

      233        Revocation of television licensable content service licence

      234        Action against licence holders who incite crime or disorder

      235        Abolition of separate licences for certain television services

Television multiplex services

      236        Television multiplex services

      237        Composition of services in television multiplexes

      238        Powers where frequencies reserved for qualifying services

Local digital television services

      239        Local digital television services

Chapter 3

Regulatory Structure for Independent Radio Services


      240        Regulation of independent radio services


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      241        Abolition of function of assigning radio frequencies

Radio licensable content services

      242        Meaning of “radio licensable content services”

      243        Services that are not radio licensable content services

      244        Modification of ss. 242 and 243

      245        Licensing of radio licensable content services

      246        Abolition of separate licences for certain sound services

Licence periods etc.

      247        Extension of licence periods

      248        Extension and modification of existing licences

      249        Renewal of local licences

      250        Extension of special application procedure for local licences

Provision of simulcast radio services

      251        Definition of simulcast radio services

      252        Promotion of simulcast radio services

Multiplexes broadcasting sound programmes

      253        Radio multiplex services

      254        Digital sound services for inclusion in non-radio multiplexes

Access radio

      255        Access radio

Chapter 4

Regulatory provisions

Application of regulatory regimes

      256        Application of regulatory regimes

The public service remit for television

      257        OFCOM reports on the fulfilment of the public service remit

      258        Public service remits of licensed providers

      259        Statements of programme policy

      260        Changes of programme policy

      261        Statements of service policy by the public teletext provider

      262        Changes of service policy

      263        Enforcement of public service remits

      264        Power to amend public service remits

Must offer obligations etc. affecting public service television

      265        Must-offer obligations in relation to networks

      266        Must-offer obligations in relation to satellite services


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      267        Securing reception of must-provide services in certain areas

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

      269        Co-operation with the public teletext provider

Programming quotas for public service television

      270        Programming quotas for independent productions

      271        Programming quotas for original productions

News provision etc. on public service television

      272        News and current affairs programmes

      273        Appointed news providers for Channel 3

      274        Power to repeal Channel 3 news provider provisions

      275        News providers for Channel 5

      276        News provision on the public teletext service

Programme production and regional programming for public service television

      277        Code relating to programme commissioning

      278        Programme production

      279        Regional programming

      280        Regional programme-making for Channel 4

      281        Inclusion of regional matters in the public teletext service

Networking arrangements for Channel 3

      282        Proposals for arrangements

      283        Obligation as to making and continuance of approved arrangements

      284        OFCOM’s power to impose arrangements

      285        Review of approved networking arrangements etc.

      286        Supplemental provision about networking arrangements

Special obligations for Channel 4

      287        Involvement of C4 Corporation in programme-making

      288        Schools programmes on Channel 4

      289        Channel 4 contribution towards national television archive

Special obligation for the public teletext provider

      290        Conditions prohibiting interference with other services

Sporting and other events of national interest

      291        Categorisation of listed events

      292        Effects of categorisation of listed events

      293        Code relating to listed events

      294        Regulations about coverage of listed events

Television services for the deaf and visually impaired

      295        Code relating to provision for the deaf and visually impaired

      296        Procedure for issuing and revising code under s. 295


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      297        Meaning of “relevant date” in s. 295

      298        Power to modify targets in s. 295

      299        Observance of code under s. 295

Programming quotas for digital television programme services

      300        Quotas for independent programmes

Regulation of electronic programme guides

      301        Code of practice for electronic programme guides

      302        Conditions to comply with code under s. 301

Character and coverage of radio services

      303        Character and coverage of sound broadcasting services

      304        Local content and character of local sound broadcasting services

      305        Variations of radio multiplex licences affecting service characteristics

Competition between licensed providers etc.

      306        Conditions relating to competition matters

      307        Exercise of Broadcasting Act powers for a competition purpose

      308        Review of powers exercised for competition purposes

Programme and fairness standards for television and radio

      309        OFCOM’s standards code

      310        Special impartiality requirements

      311        Objectives for advertisements and sponsorship

      312        Supplementary powers relating to advertising

      313        Modification of matters to be taken into account under s. 309

      314        Setting and publication of standards

      315        Observance of standards code

      316        Duty to observe fairness code

      317        Standards with respect to fairness

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

Power to proscribe unacceptable foreign television and radio services

      319        Proscription orders

      320        Effect of proscription order

      321        Notification for enforcing proscription

      322        Penalties for contravention of notification under s. 321

Party political broadcasts on television and radio

      323        Party political broadcasts

Monitoring of programmes

      324        Retention and production of recordings


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International obligations

      325        Conditions securing compliance with international obligations

Government requirements for licensed services

      326        Government requirements for licensed services

Equal opportunities and training

      327        Promotion of equal opportunities and training

Corresponding rules for the BBC and Welsh Authority

      328        Corresponding rules for the BBC and the Welsh Authority

Enforcement against the Welsh Authority

      329        Review of fulfilment by Welsh Authority of public service remits

      330        Directions to Welsh Authority to take remedial action

      331        Imposition of penalties on the Welsh Authority

      332        Contraventions recorded in Welsh Authority’s annual report

      333        Provision of information by Welsh Authority

Enforcement of licence conditions

      334        Transmission of statement of findings

      335        Financial penalties imposable on licence holders

      336        Broadcasting Act licence fees and penalties

Chapter 5

Media ownership and control

Restrictions on licence holders

      337        Modification of disqualification provisions

      338        Licence holding by local authorities

      339        Relaxation of licence-holding restrictions

      340        Restrictions relating to nominated news providers

Changes of control

      341        Changes of control of Channel 3 services

      342        Action following review under s. 341

      343        Changes of control of Channel 5

      344        Action following review under s. 343

      345        Variation of local licence following change of control

      346        Action following review under s. 345

Meaning of control

      347        Meaning of “control”


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Chapter 6

Other provisions about television and radio services

Annual report on television and radio

      348        Annual factual and statistical report

Grants for access radio

      349        Grants to access radio providers

Supplemental provisions of Part 3

      350        Amendments of the 1990 and 1996 Acts

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

      352        Interpretation of Part 3

Part 4

Licensing of TV reception

      353        Licence required for use of TV receiver

      354        TV licences

      355        TV licence fees

      356        Powers to enforce TV licensing

      357        Interpretation of provisions about dealer notification

      358        Meanings of “television receiver” and “use”

Part 5

Competition in communications markets

Chapter 1

Functions of OFCOM under competition legislation

      359        Matters in relation to which OFCOM have competition functions

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

      361        OFCOM’s functions under the Competition Act 1998

      362        Application of the Competition Act 1998 to news provision

Chapter 2

Newspaper mergers


      363        Repeal of existing newspaper merger regime

      364        Repeal of exclusion for newspaper mergers from general merger controls

Adaptation for newspaper mergers of main merger regime

      365        Newspaper public interest considerations


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