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Commission Decision of 16 October 2007 on the compatibility with Community law of measures taken by the United Kingdom pursuant to Article 3a(1) of Council Directive 89/552/EEC on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the pursuit of television broadcasting activities (Text with EEA relevance) (2007/730/EC)

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Mr Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement about the outcome of his review of major events listed under Part IV of the Broadcasting Act 1996.

Mr Chris Smith: My review of the list is now complete. I have conducted it in the light of the criteria which I published last year. I consulted widely on the criteria and the content of the list and I have carefully considered the many representations made to me. I have accepted the general principles of the report produced by the Advisory Group chaired by Lord Gordon of Strathblane.

With immediate effect, I am revising the list of events under Part IV of the Broadcasting Act 1996.

I am retaining the following events on the list, requiring live coverage to be made available to free-to-air terrestrial television broadcasters (in Category A as specified in the 1996 Act):

  • The Olympic Games

  • The FIFA World Cup Finals Tournament

  • The FA Cup final

  • The Scottish FA Cup final (in Scotland)

  • The Grand National

  • The Derby

  • The Wimbledon Tennis finals.

I am adding the following events to the list on the same basis:

  • The European Football Championship Finals Tournament

  • The Rugby League Challenge Cup final

  • The Rugby World Cup final.

After careful consideration of the Advisory Group’s recommendations, I have concluded that a number of the matches in the World Cup and European Championships football qualifying tournaments meet the criteria for listing. I believe that it is important that crucial ties in these competitions should be available to all viewers and therefore intend to seek Europe-wide arrangements for protecting free-to-air live broadcasts of crucial matches in these competitions.

I am also listing some further events on a different understanding. For these events, I have recommended to the Independent Television Commission that live coverage might be allowed to be shown exclusively by a Category B broadcaster (as specified in the 1996 Act), provided there are satisfactory arrangements for secondary coverage by a Category A broadcaster. I have asked the ITC to consider setting a minimum acceptable standard for such secondary coverage, to include some combination of delayed full coverage, highlights and live radio commentary.

The events I am listing on this understanding are:

  • Cricket Test Matches played in England

  • Non-finals play in the Wimbledon Tournament

  • All other matches in the Rugby World Cup Finals Tournament

  • Five Nations Rugby Tournament matches involving home countries

  • The Commonwealth Games

  • The World Athletics Championship

  • The Cricket World Cup — the final, semi-finals and matches involving home nations teams

  • The Ryder Cup

  • The Open Golf Championship.

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