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Communications Act 2003

Section 215: Replacement of existing Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences

465.As soon as practicable after the television transfer date OFCOM must offer persons who hold a Channel 3 or Channel 5 licence the opportunity to exchange that licence for a replacement licence, being a licence of the kind described in the notes to section 214 above. The replacement licence must provide for a service that is equivalent in all material respects to the present one, and for it to be provided for substantially the same area and times, although it does not have to be identical in all respects.

466.Any offer made by OFCOM to replace an existing licence must specify the terms of the proposed replacement licence, the conditions on which they propose to grant it, the time frame of their offer, the date on which the licence will be granted if the offer is accepted, the time from 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 if the offer is rejected.

467.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.

468.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.

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