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Communications Act 2003

Section 199: Functions of C4C

427.The Channel Four Television Corporation are able to engage in activities which appear to them to be appropriate to carry on in association with their primary functions and to be connected (other than merely in financial terms) with activities undertaken by them for the carrying out of those functions. Those functions are securing the continued provision of Channel 4 and the fulfilment of the Channel’s public service remit set out in section 265(3), as described in the notes to that section below. The Corporation may also do such things and enter into such transactions as appear to them incidental or conducive to the carrying out of their statutory functions.

428.Under subsection (3) the Corporation will cease to have powers to establish or acquire interests in “qualifying companies” under section 24(5)(b) and (6) of the Broadcasting Act 1990.

429.Schedule 9 provides a framework for the approval and enforcement of arrangements about the carrying out of the Corporation’s activities.

430.Paragraph 1 requires OFCOM to notify the Corporation that, within a period specified in the notification, the Corporation must submit to OFCOM proposals for arrangements that will apply to the relevant licence period. OFCOM must do this as soon as practicable after the commencement of this Schedule and as soon as practicable in the last twelve months preceding each date on which the Channel 4 licence would expire if not renewed.

431.Where the Corporation have received a notification, they must submit proposals to OFCOM setting out the arrangements under which they are proposing to secure, so far as reasonably practicable, that all significant risks that their other activities will have an adverse effect on the carrying out of their primary functions (i.e. the provision of Channel 4 and the fulfilment of its public service remit) are identified, evaluated and properly managed. The proposals must include the arrangements that the Corporation consider appropriate for securing the transparency objectives set out in paragraph 2(4). They may relate in particular to the list of matters specified in paragraph 2(5), e.g. the management of new ventures, the assessment of risks.

432.OFCOM must consider the proposed arrangements and approve them, approve them with modifications, or require the Corporation to submit revised proposals. OFCOM may review the arrangements once during each licence period, either as a single review of all of the arrangements or two separate reviews, one relating to the arrangements to secure the transparency objectives and one relating to other matters. OFCOM must also publish the arrangements.

433.The Corporation must act in accordance with the approved arrangements. OFCOM have powers to enforce the arrangements and may impose a penalty, which may not exceed 3 per cent. of the Corporation’s qualifying revenue, if they are contravened.

  • *Qualifying revenue has the same meaning as in section 19(2) to (6) of and Part 1 of Schedule 7 to the Broadcasting Act 1990 with any necessary modifications.

434.In carrying out their functions under Schedule 9, OFCOM must have regard to the need to secure, so far as reasonably practicable, that all significant risks that the Corporation’s other activities will have an adverse effect on the provision of Channel 4 or its public service remit are identified, evaluated and properly managed.

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