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The Local Digital Television Programme Services Order 2012

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This is a draft item of legislation. This draft has since been made as a UK Statutory Instrument: The Local Digital Television Programme Services Order 2012 No. 292

Article 4

SCHEDULEModification of legislation in relation to local digital television programme services

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PART 1Modifications of the 1996 Act

Introductory

1.  This Part contains the modifications of Part 1 of the 1996 Act referred to in article 4.

Definitions and general

2.  Section 1 has effect as if after subsection (4A)(1) there were inserted—

(4B) In this Part—

“local multiplex service” means a multiplex service for the broadcast of local digital television programme services, and

“local digital television programme service” has the meaning given by article 3 of the Local Digital Television Programme Services Order 2012..

3.  Sections 7 to 9(2) and 12(3) have effect as if before “multiplex licence”, in each place it occurs, there were inserted “local”.

Local Multiplex Service Licence

4.  Section 7 (multiplex licences) has effect as if–

(a)in subsection (1), before “multiplex service”, there were inserted “local”,

(b)in subsection (4), paragraphs (c) to (e) were omitted,

(c)in that subsection, for paragraph (f) there were substituted–

(f)the applicant’s proposals for supporting local digital television programme services,, and

(d)subsections (5) and (8)(a)(ii) (but not the “and” after it) were omitted.

5.  Section 8 (award of multiplex licences) has effect as if–

(a)in subsection (1), for “the development of digital television broadcasting in the United Kingdom otherwise than by satellite” there were substituted “local digital television programme services in the United Kingdom”,

(b)in subsection (2), in paragraph (b), the words “and (d)” were omitted,

(c)in that subsection, after paragraph (c), there were inserted “and” ,

(d)in that subsection, for paragraph (d) there were substituted—

(d)any proposals by the applicant for promoting local digital television programme services., and

(e)subsections (2)(e) to (f) and (3) were omitted.

6.  Section 9(4) (power to require two or more multiplex licences to be granted to one person) has effect as if subsection (3) (c) were omitted.

7.  Section 12(5) (conditions attached to multiplex licence) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (1), in paragraph (b), “(c), (d), (e) or” were omitted,

(b)in that subsection, the “and” at the end of paragraph (g) were omitted,

(c)in that subsection, for paragraph (h) there were substituted—

(h)that while the licence is in force the licence holder uses such portion of digital capacity on the multiplex as OFCOM may specify in the licence for such local digital television programme services as OFCOM may so specify,

(i)that the licence holder carries such local digital television programme services at such places as are specified by OFCOM in the licence,

(j)that the licence holder does not charge an amount for carrying a local digital television programme service specified by OFCOM in the licence which exceeds such sum as is sufficient to recover the net operating costs, that sum being determined by OFCOM in the event of dispute between the licence holder and the holder of the licence for the local digital television programme service,

(k)that the licence holder co-operates, with persons notified to the licence holder by OFCOM, in order to facilitate the provision of local digital television programme services,

(l)that the licence holder, if notified to do so by OFCOM, participates in or facilitates (as OFCOM sees fit) the formation of a legal entity which is intended to facilitate the provision of local digital television programme services,

(m)that, subject to paragraph (n), the licence holder facilitates the objective of a provider of a local digital television programme service carried on the multiplex to increase the coverage area for that service set out in the technical plan submitted by the licence holder under section 7(4)(b), and

(n)that any obligation imposed by virtue of paragraph (m) applies only if the provider of the local digital television programme service in question has undertaken to pay the costs reasonably incurred by the licence holder for increasing the coverage area beyond that set out in the technical plan and is not in breach of that undertaking.,

(d)for subsection (1A), there were substituted—

(1A) In subsection (1)(j), “net operating costs”, in relation to a local digital television programme service, means the operating costs reasonably incurred by the licence holder for the broadcast of that service, so far as those costs are not met by funding made available to the licence holder by the BBC for the support of the provision of local digital television programme services., and

(e)subsections (3), (4), (4A), (5) and (6) were omitted.

8.  Section 16(6) (duration and renewal of multiplex licences) has effect as if—

(a)for subsection (1) there were substituted—

(1) A local multiplex licence (subject to the provisions of this Part) continues in force for the period specified by OFCOM in the licence, such period not to exceed twelve years., and

(b)the remainder of that section were omitted.

Local digital television programme services

9.  Part 1 has effect as if for section 18(7) there were substituted—

18    Licensing of local digital television programme services

(1) Where OFCOM propose to grant a licence to provide a local digital television programme service they must publish, in such manner as they consider appropriate, a notice—

(a)stating that they propose to grant such a licence and its likely duration,

(b)specifying which digital capacity reserved by OFCOM will be reserved for local digital television programme services,

(c)specifying the area or locality for which the service is to be provided and that only one licence will be granted in respect of each such area or locality,

(d)inviting applications for the licence and specifying the closing date for such applications, and

(e)specifying the fee payable on any application.

(2) An application for a local digital television programme service licence must be in writing and accompanied by—

(a)the fee specified pursuant to subsection (1)(e),

(b)details of the local digital television programme service the applicant proposes to provide,

(c)details of the timetable according to which the applicant proposes to begin providing the service,

(d)a detailed explanation of how the character of the service, as proposed in the application, is to be maintained for the period for which the licence would be in force,

(e)such information as OFCOM may reasonably require as to the applicant’s present and projected financial position during the period for which the licence would be in force, and

(f)such other information as OFCOM may reasonably require for the purpose of considering the application.

(3) At any time after receiving such an application and before determining it, OFCOM may require the applicant to furnish such additional information as they consider necessary for the purpose of considering the application.

(4) Any information to be furnished to OFCOM under this section must, if they so require, be in such form or verified in such manner as they may specify.

(5) Where an application for a local digital television programme service licence is made to OFCOM in accordance with the provisions of this section, they may grant the licence unless precluded from doing do by section 3(3)(a) or 5(1).

(6) OFCOM must, in determining whether and to whom to grant a local digital television programme service licence have regard to the following factors—

(a)the extent to which any proposed service–

(i)meets, or would meet, the needs of the area or locality where it is received,

(ii)would be likely to broaden the range of television programmes available for viewing by persons living or working in that area or locality, and

(iii)would be likely to increase the number and range of the programmes about that area or locality that are available for such viewing and to increase the number of programmes made in that area or locality that would be so available, and

(b)the ability of the applicant for the licence to maintain, throughout the period for which the licence would be in force, the proposed service.

(7) A service shall be taken for the purposes of subsection (6)(a)(i) to meet the needs of an area or locality if, and only if—

(a)its provision brings social or economic benefits to the area or locality, or to different categories of persons living or working in that area or locality, or

(b)it caters for the tastes, interests and needs of some or all of the different descriptions of persons living or working in the area or locality (including, in particular, tastes, interests and needs that are of special relevance in the light of the descriptions of persons who do so live and work).

(8) In subsections (6) and (7) the references to persons living or working in an area or locality include a reference to persons undergoing education or training in that area or locality.

10.  Section 19(8) (duration and conditions of digital programme licence) has effect as if—

(a)for subsection (1) there were substituted–

(1) A local digital television programme service licence (subject to the provisions of this Part) continues in force until the earlier of—

(a)the end of the period specified by OFCOM in the licence, being a period not exceeding twelve years, or

(b)the time it is surrendered by its holder.,

(b)after subsection (3) there were inserted–

(3A) A local digital television programme service licence must also include such conditions as appear to OFCOM to be appropriate for securing that—

(a)the service is provided in the location specified by OFCOM,

(b)charges on persons in respect of reception of the service in the United Kingdom are prohibited,

(c)the character of the licensed service, as proposed by the licence holder when making the application, is maintained for the duration of the licence,

(d)the service is at all times offered as available (subject to the need to agree terms) to be broadcast –

(i)by means of the multiplex licensed for the carriage of a local digital television programme service in the location specified by OFCOM pursuant to section 12(1)(i), and

(ii)in such technical format or in accordance with such technical instructions as OFCOM may specify,

(e)the service does not contain any pornographic material (within the meaning of section 19A),

(f)the service does not contain any advertising falling within section 19B,

(g)the licence holder co-operates with holders of local digital television programme service licences and holders of local multiplex licences to facilitate the provision of local digital television programme services in the United Kingdom,

(h)the licence holder, if notified to do so by OFCOM, participates in the formation of a legal entity which is intended to facilitate the provision of local digital television programme services,

(i)the licence holder seeks (in co-operation with the legal entity mentioned in paragraph (h)) to measure the number of viewers of the service, and

(j)the licence holder encourages the legal entity mentioned in paragraph (h) to apply for a local multiplex licence which OFCOM propose to grant under section 7(1) or to negotiate for a local multiplex licence which otherwise becomes available.

(3B) Conditions included in a licence under subsection (3A)(c) may authorise OFCOM to consent to a departure from the character of the licensed service if they are satisfied—

(a)that the departure would not substantially alter the character of the service,

(b)that the departure would not unacceptably reduce, the number and range of the programmes about the area or locality for which the service is licensed,

(c)that the departure would not unacceptably reduce, the number of programmes made in the area or locality for which the service is licensed, and

(d)that the service would continue to meet the needs of the area or locality for which the service is licensed.

(3C) Before deciding whether to consent to a departure from the character of a licensed service on any of the grounds specified in subsection (3B)(b) to (d) , OFCOM must publish a notice specifying —

(a)the proposed departure, and

(b)the period in which representations may be made to OFCOM about the proposal.

(3D) That period must end later than 28 days after the publication of the notice.

(3E) The notice must be published in such manner as appears to OFCOM to be appropriate for bringing it to the attention of the persons who, in OFCOM’s opinion, are likely to be affected by the departure.

(3F) OFCOM—

(a)are not required to publish a notice under this section, or

(b)may specify in such a notice a period shorter than that required by subsection (3D),

if they consider that the publication of the notice, or allowing a longer period for representations, would result in a delay that would be likely prejudicially to affect the interests of the licence holder.

(3G) OFCOM are not required under this section–—

(a)to publish any matter that is confidential in accordance with subsections (3H) or (3I), or

(b)to publish anything that it would not be reasonably practicable to publish without disclosing such a matter.

(3H) A matter is confidential under this subsection if–—

(a)it relates specifically to the affairs of a particular body, and

(b)its publication would or might, in OFCOM’s opinion, seriously and prejudicially affect the interests of that body.

(3I) A matter is confidential under this subsection if —

(a)it relates specifically to the private affairs of an individual, and

(b)its publication would or might, in OFCOM’s opinion, seriously and prejudicially affect the interests of that individual..

11.  Part 1 has effect as if after section 19 there were inserted—

19A    Pornographic material

(1) For the purposes of section 19(3A)(e), material is “pornographic” if it is of such a nature that it must reasonably be assumed to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal.

(2) Where the material forms part of a series of images and that series is such as to be capable of providing a context for the material, the question whether the material is “pornographic” is to be determined by reference to—

(a)the material itself, and

(b)the context provided by the series of images.

(3) So, for example, where—

(a)the material forms an integral part of a narrative constituted by a series of images, and

(b)having regard to those images as a whole, they are not of such a nature that they must reasonably be assumed to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal,

the material may, by virtue of being part of that narrative, be found not to be pornographic, even though it might have been found to be pornographic if taken by itself.

19B    Prohibition of certain advertising content

(1) For the purposes of section 19(3A)(f), advertising falls within this section if it is—

(a)of a duration of at least 3 minutes, and

(b)for a chat service made available for purchase by means of a premium rate service.

(2) In this section–

“chat service” means a service offering two-way communication in sound or vision (or both) between the purchaser and another individual;

“premium rate service” means a service falling within section 120(7) of the Communications Act 2003(9).

Definitions applicable in Part 1

12.  Section 39(10) (interpretation of Part 1) has effect as if after the definition of “licence” there were inserted—

“local digital television programme service” has the meaning given in section 1(4B) and “local digital television programme service licence” means a licence to provide such a service;

“local multiplex service” has the meaning given in section 1(4B) and “local multiplex licence” means a multiplex licence to provide such a service;.

PART 2Modifications of Part 3 of the 2003 Act

13.  This Part contains the modifications of Part 3 of the 2003 Act referred to in Article 4.

14.  Section 333 (party political broadcasts) has effect as if—

(a)in subsection (1) after “licensed public service channel,” there were added “every local digital television programme service”, and

(b)in subsection (6), after the definition of “designated organisation”, there were inserted—

“local digital television programme service” has the meaning given in article 3 of the Local Digital Television Programme Services Order 2012;.

(1)

Section (4A) was inserted by the Television Broadcasting Regulations 1998, SI 1998/3196, reg 2, Schedule, para 8(1) and (3); substituted by the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21), s 360(3), Sch 15, Pt 2, para 74(1) and (4)

(2)

Sections 7, 8 and 9 were amended by the Communications Act 2003 (c.21) , s 360(3), Sch 15, Pt 2, para 79(1), (2), (3)(a) and (3)(b), para 80(1) to (3) and para 81 respectively

(3)

Section 12 was amended by the Television Broadcasting Regulations 1998, SI 1998/3196, reg 2, Schedule, para 9(1)and (4); the Communications Act 2003 (c.21), s 242 and s 360(3), Sch 15, Pt 2, para 84; subsection (7) was repealed by section 406(7), Sch 19(1)

(4)

Section 9 was amended by the Communications Act 2003 (c.21), s 360(3), Sch 15, Pt 2, para 81

(5)

Section 12 was amended by the Television Broadcasting Regulations 1998, SI 1998/3196, reg 2, Schedule, para 9(1)and (4); the Communications Act 2003 (c.21), s 242 and s 360(3), Sch 15, Pt 2, para 84; subsection (7) was repealed by section 406(7), Sch 19(1)

(6)

Section 16 was amended by the Communications Act 2003 (c.21), ss 360(3) and 406(7) , Sch 15, Pt 2, para 88(1) to (4), Sch 19(1)

(7)

Section 18 was amended by the Communications Act 2003 (c.21), ss 360(3), 406(7), Sch 15, Pt 2, para 90(1) to (2), Sch 19(1)

(8)

Section 19 was amended by the Communications Act 2003, ss 360(3), 406(7), Sch 15, Pt 2, para 91(1), (2)(a) to (d) and (3), Sch 19(1)

(10)

Section 39 was amended by the Communications Act 2003 (c.21), s 360(3), Sch 15, Pt 2, para 100(d)

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