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Communications Bill



Broadcasting Act licence fees

      343        Statement of charging principles

Chapter 5

Media ownership and control

Restrictions on licence holders

      344        Modification of disqualification provisions

      345        Licence holding by local authorities

      346        Relaxation of licence-holding restrictions

      347        Restrictions relating to nominated news providers

Changes of control

      348        Changes of control of Channel 3 services

      349        Action following review under s. 348

      350        Changes of control of Channel 5

      351        Action following review under s. 350

      352        Variation of local licence following change of control

      353        Action following review under s. 352

Meaning of control

      354        Meaning of “control”

Chapter 6

Other provisions about television and radio services

Annual report on television and radio

      355        Annual factual and statistical report

Grants for access radio

      356        Grants to access radio providers

Supplemental provisions of Part 3

      357        Amendments of the 1990 and 1996 Acts

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

      359        Interpretation of Part 3

Part 4

Licensing of TV reception

      360        Licence required for use of TV receiver

      361        TV licences

      362        TV licence fees

      363        Powers to enforce TV licensing

      364        Interpretation of provisions about dealer notification


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      365        Meanings of “television receiver” and “use”

Part 5

Competition in communications markets

Chapter 1

Functions of OFCOM under competition legislation

      366        Matters in relation to which OFCOM have competition functions

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

      368        OFCOM’s functions under the Competition Act 1998

      369        Application of the Competition Act 1998 to news provision

Chapter 2

Newspaper mergers


      370        Repeal of existing newspaper merger regime

      371        Repeal of exclusion for newspaper mergers from general merger controls

Adaptation for newspaper mergers of main merger regime

      372        Newspaper public interest considerations

      373        Adaptation of role of OFT in initial investigations and reports

      374        Additional investigation and report by OFCOM

Extension of special public interest regime

      375        Extension of special public interest regime for certain newspaper mergers

      376        Adaptation of role of OFT in special public interest regime

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

New general functions in relation to newspaper mergers

      378        Public consultation in relation to newspaper mergers

      379        General information duties in relation to newspaper mergers

      380        Advice and information in relation to newspaper mergers

      381        General advisory functions of OFCOM in relation to newspaper mergers

      382        Other general functions of OFCOM in relation to newspaper mergers

      383        Monitoring role for OFT in relation to newspaper mergers

Supplemental provisions of Chapter 2

      384        Enforcement powers in relation to newspaper mergers

      385        Alterations concerning newspaper panel of Competition Commission

      386        Further provision in connection with newspaper mergers


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Part 6

Miscellaneous and Supplemental

Annual report

      387        Annual report on the Secretary of State’s functions

Review of media ownership

      388        Review of media ownership

Guidelines as to penalties

      389        Penalties imposed by OFCOM

Disclosure of information

      390        General restrictions on disclosure of information

Notifications etc. and electronic working

      391        Service of notifications and other documents

      392        Notifications and documents in electronic form

      393        Timing and location of things done electronically

Other miscellaneous provisions

      394        Purchase of Duchy of Lancaster land

      395        Repeal of certain provisions of the Telecommunications Act 1984


      396        Expenses

      397        Destination of licence fees and penalties

      398        Power of OFCOM to retain costs of carrying out spectrum functions

      399        Power of Secretary of State to make orders and regulations

      400        Regulations and orders made by OFCOM

      401        Criminal liability of company directors etc.

      402        General interpretation

      403        Minor and consequential amendments, transitionals and repeals

      404        Pre-consolidation amendments

      405        Transitional provision for anticipatory carrying out of functions

      406        Application of enactments to territorial sea and other waters

      407        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


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                  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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