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Communications Act 2003

Section 238: Revocation of television licensable content service licence

534.If satisfied that a television licensable content service licence holder is in contravention of the terms of his licence, or is failing to comply with a direction, and that such a contravention or failure would, if not remedied, warrant revocation of the licence, OFCOM must serve a notice on the licence holder. The notice must specify the nature of the contravention or failure and state that the licence will be revoked unless the licence holder takes specified steps within a specified period. If the licence holder does not comply within the specified period then OFCOM may, if satisfied that this is necessary in the public interest, revoke the licence. At each stage in the process, OFCOM shall first give the licence holder the chance to comment. The provisions in this section do not apply to the revocation of a licence under section 239 (see below).

535.Subsections (4) and (5) provide that OFCOM may revoke a television licensable content service licence if satisfied that the licence holder is no longer providing the service, or that the licence holder provided false or misleading information in support of his licence application.

536.If OFCOM serve a notice on a BBC company under this section, they must send a copy of that notice, and of any representations received from the company, to the Secretary of State.

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