Search Legislation

Communications Act 2003

Section 221: Replacement of existing public teletext provider’s licence

493.As soon as practicable after the television transfer date, OFCOM must offer the person who holds the existing licence to provide the public teletext service the opportunity to exchange that licence for a replacement licence. The replacement licence must provide for a service that is equivalent in all material respects both to the existing service and to the digital service that the licensee is required to provide under section 30 of the Broadcasting Act 1996. The replacement licence must be awarded in accordance with section 219 and Part 1 of the Broadcasting Act 1990. However, the procedure in Part 1 of Schedule 10 is not to apply to the replacement licence.

494.The offer of the replacement licence must specify each of the following as determined by OFCOM: the conditions on which they propose to grant the replacement licence, the timeframe of their offer, the date on which the licence will take effect if the offer is accepted (which must fall within the period of twelve months after the television transfer date), and the time from which the licence will cease to have effect of the offer is rejected. The financial terms of the offer must propose that the licensee will pay the same annual amount and percentage of qualifying revenue as would have been payable under the existing licence had it continued in force until the end of the period for which the replacement is granted. A licence holder refusing this offer will have his existing licence revoked on a date specified by OFCOM in the offer. This date must fall no later than eighteen months after the closing date for agreeing the offer.

Back to top


Print Options


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Public Acts except Appropriation, Consolidated Fund, Finance and Consolidation Acts.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources