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Limitations and exemptions applied to spectrum use

      161        Limitations on authorised spectrum use

      162        Terms etc. of wireless telegraphy licences

      163        Exemption from need for wireless telegraphy licence

Award and transfer of licences

      164        Bidding for wireless telegraphy licences

      165        Spectrum trading

Variation and revocation of licences

      166        Variation and revocation of wireless telegraphy licences

Wireless telegraphy register

      167        Wireless telegraphy register

Information requirements

      168        Information requirements in relation to wireless telegraphy licences

Criminal proceedings etc.

      169        Contraventions of conditions for use of wireless telegraphy

      170        Meaning of “repeated contravention” in s. 169

      171        Procedure for prosecutions of wireless telegraphy offences

      172        Special procedure for contraventions by multiplex licence holders

      173        Amount of penalty under s. 172

      174        “Relevant amount of gross revenue” for the purposes of s. 173

      175        Proceedings for an offence relating to apparatus use

      176        Modification of penalties for certain wireless telegraphy offences

      177        Fixed penalties for certain wireless telegraphy offences

      178        Power of arrest

      179        Forfeiture etc. of restricted apparatus

Construction of 1949 Act

      180        Modification of definition of “undue interference”

      181        Modification of definition of “wireless telegraphy”

Chapter 3

Disputes and appeals


      182        Reference of disputes to OFCOM

      183        Action by OFCOM on dispute reference

      184        Legal proceedings about referred disputes

      185        Procedure for resolving disputes

      186        Disputes involving other member States

      187        Resolution of referred disputes

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


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

      190        Reference of price control matters to the Competition Commission

      191        Composition of Competition Commission for price control references

      192        Decisions of the Tribunal

      193        Appeals from the Tribunal

Interpretation of Chapter 3

      194        Interpretation of Chapter 3

Part 3

Television and Radio Services

Chapter 1

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


      195        Functions of OFCOM in relation to the BBC


      196        Functions of C4C

      197        Removal of members of C4C

      198        Deficits and surpluses of C4C

      199        Borrowing limit for C4C

The Welsh Authority

      200        Function of OFCOM in relation to the Welsh Authority

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

      202        Powers to provide other services

      203        Other activities of Welsh Authority

      204        Welsh Authority finances

The Gaelic Media Service

      205        The Gaelic Media Service

      206        Membership of the Service

      207        Supplementary provisions about the Service

Chapter 2

Regulatory Structure for Independent Television Services


      208        Regulation of independent television services

      209        Abolition of function of assigning television frequencies

      210        Abolition of licensing for local cable systems


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Channels 3 and 5

      211        Digital Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences

      212        Replacement of existing Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences

      213        Renewal of Channel 3 and 5 licences

      214        Financial terms of licence renewed under s. 213

The public teletext service

      215        Duty to secure the provision of a public teletext service

      216        Licensing of the public teletext service

      217        Delegation of provision of public teletext service

      218        Replacement of existing public teletext provider’s licence

      219        Renewal of public teletext licence

      220        Financial terms of licence renewed under s. 219

Meaning of initial expiry date

      221        Meaning of “initial expiry date”

Reviews relating to licensing of Channels 3 & 5 and teletext

      222        Application for review of financial terms of replacement licences

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

      224        Reviews under ss. 222 and 223

      225        Giving effect to reviews under ss. 222 and 223

      226        Report in anticipation of new licensing round

      227        Orders suspending rights of renewal

Replacement of Channel 4 licence

      228        Replacement of Channel 4 licence

Television licensable content services

      229        Meaning of “television licensable content service”

      230        Services that are not television licensable content services

      231        Modification of ss. 229 and 230

      232        Licensing of television licensable content services

      233        Direction to licensee to take remedial action

      234        Penalties for contravention of licence condition or direction

      235        Revocation of television licensable content service licence

      236        Action against licence holders who incite crime or disorder

      237        Abolition of separate licences for certain television services

Television multiplex services

      238        Television multiplex services

      239        Composition of services in television multiplexes

      240        Powers where frequencies reserved for qualifying services

Local digital television services

      241        Local digital television services


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Chapter 3

Regulatory Structure for Independent Radio Services


      242        Regulation of independent radio services

      243        Abolition of function of assigning radio frequencies

Radio licensable content services

      244        Meaning of “radio licensable content services”

      245        Services that are not radio licensable content services

      246        Modification of ss. 244 and 245

      247        Licensing of radio licensable content services

      248        Abolition of separate licences for certain sound services

Licence periods etc.

      249        Extension of licence periods

      250        Extension and modification of existing licences

      251        Renewal of local licences

      252        Extension of special application procedure for local licences

Provision of simulcast radio services

      253        Definition of simulcast radio services

      254        Promotion of simulcast radio services

Multiplexes broadcasting sound programmes

      255        Radio multiplex services

      256        Composition of services in radio multiplexes

      257        Digital sound services for inclusion in non-radio multiplexes

Access radio

      258        Access radio

Chapter 4

Regulatory provisions

Application of regulatory regimes

      259        Application of regulatory regimes

The public service remit for television

      260        OFCOM reports on the fulfilment of the public service remit

      261        Public service remits of licensed providers

      262        Statements of programme policy

      263        Changes of programme policy

      264        Statements of service policy by the public teletext provider


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      265        Changes of service policy

      266        Enforcement of public service remits

      267        Power to amend public service remits

Must offer obligations etc. affecting public service television

      268        Must-offer obligations in relation to networks

      269        Must-offer obligations in relation to satellite services

      270        Securing reception of must-provide services in certain areas

      271        Must-provide services for the purposes of s. 270

      272        Co-operation with the public teletext provider

Programming quotas for public service television

      273        Programming quotas for independent productions

      274        Programming quotas for original productions

News provision etc. on public service television

      275        News and current affairs programmes

      276        Appointed news providers for Channel 3

      277        Power to repeal Channel 3 news provider provisions

      278        News providers for Channel 5

      279        News provision on the public teletext service

Independent and regional productions and programmes for public service television

      280        Code relating to programme commissioning

      281        Regional programme-making for Channels 3 and 5

      282        Regional programmes on Channel 3

      283        Regional programme-making for Channel 4

      284        Regional matters in the public teletext service

Networking arrangements for Channel 3

      285        Proposals for arrangements

      286        Obligation as to making and continuance of approved arrangements

      287        OFCOM’s power to impose arrangements

      288        Review of approved networking arrangements etc.

      289        Supplemental provision about networking arrangements

Special obligations for Channel 4

      290        Involvement of C4 Corporation in programme-making

      291        Schools programmes on Channel 4

      292        Channel 4 contribution towards national television archive

Special obligation for the public teletext provider

      293        Conditions prohibiting interference with other services

Sporting and other events of national interest

      294        Categorisation of listed events


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      295        Effects of categorisation of listed events

      296        Code relating to listed events

      297        Regulations about coverage of listed events

Television services for the deaf and visually impaired

      298        Code relating to provision for the deaf and visually impaired

      299        Procedure for issuing and revising code under s. 298

      300        Meaning of “relevant date” in s. 298

      301        Power to modify targets in s. 298

      302        Observance of code under s. 298

Programming quotas for digital television programme services

      303        Quotas for independent programmes

Regulation of electronic programme guides

      304        Code of practice for electronic programme guides

      305        Conditions to comply with code under s. 304

Character and coverage of radio services

      306        Character and coverage of sound broadcasting services

      307        Local content and character of local sound broadcasting services

      308        Variations of radio multiplex licences affecting service characteristics

Competition between licensed providers etc.

      309        Conditions relating to competition matters

      310        Exercise of Broadcasting Act powers for a competition purpose

      311        Review of powers exercised for competition purposes

Programme and fairness standards for television and radio

      312        OFCOM’s standards code

      313        Special impartiality requirements

      314        Objectives for advertisements and sponsorship

      315        Supplementary powers relating to advertising

      316        Modification of matters to be taken into account under s. 312

      317        Setting and publication of standards

      318        Observance of standards code

      319        Duty to observe fairness code

      320        Standards with respect to fairness

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

Power to proscribe unacceptable foreign television and radio services

      322        Proscription orders

      323        Effect of proscription order

      324        Notification for enforcing proscription

      325        Penalties for contravention of notification under s. 324


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Party political broadcasts on television and radio

      326        Party political broadcasts

Monitoring of programmes

      327        Retention and production of recordings

International obligations

      328        Conditions securing compliance with international obligations

Government requirements for licensed services

      329        Government requirements for licensed services

Equal opportunities and training

      330        Promotion of equal opportunities and training

Corresponding rules for the BBC and Welsh Authority

      331        Corresponding rules for the BBC and the Welsh Authority

Enforcement against the Welsh Authority

      332        Review of fulfilment by Welsh Authority of public service remits

      333        Directions to Welsh Authority to take remedial action

      334        Imposition of penalties on the Welsh Authority

      335        Contraventions recorded in Welsh Authority’s annual report

      336        Provision of information by Welsh Authority

Enforcement of licence conditions

      337        Transmission of statement of findings

      338        Financial penalties imposable on licence holders

      339        Broadcasting Act licence fees and penalties

Chapter 5

Media ownership and control

Restrictions on licence holders

      340        Modification of disqualification provisions

      341        Licence holding by local authorities

      342        Relaxation of licence-holding restrictions

      343        Restrictions relating to nominated news providers

Changes of control

      344        Changes of control of Channel 3 services

      345        Action following review under s. 344

      346        Changes of control of Channel 5

      347        Action following review under s. 346


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