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Communications Act 2003

Section 225: Application for review of financial terms of replacement licences

506.The holder of a licence granted under section 215 (Channel 3 or 5) or 221 (the public teletext service) may apply for a review of the financial terms of this licence, on one or more different occasions. The first one may happen at any time during the first review period, i.e. the period starting four years before the first notional expiry date (see below) and ending on a date fixed by OFCOM. The subsequent reviews may happen at any point during any subsequent review period, which begins four years before the relevant subsequent notional expiry date and ends on a date fixed by OFCOM.

507.No such application may be made when an application for a review under section 226 is pending or less than twelve months after a determination of new financial terms has been made by OFCOM under that section.

508.Subsection (7) defines the “first notional expiry date” as the date on which the existing licence would have expired if not renewed and “subsequent notional expiry date”, in relation to a replacement licence, as either the tenth anniversary of the last notional expiry date, or, if the licensee has previously applied for a review under this section, the tenth anniversary of the date on which OFCOM’s determination of that review was notified to the licensee.

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