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Communications Act 2003

Section 217: Financial terms of licence renewed under s.216

474.Any offer made by OFCOM to renew an existing licence under section 216 must specify the amount that the licensee is required to pay during the first year of the replacement licence and the percentage of qualifying revenue to be paid for each accounting period of the applicant falling within the relevant licence period.

475.The amount payable for the first year of the renewed licence must approximate to what OFCOM estimate would have been the cash bid of the licensee had the licence been offered by a notice requesting tenders under section 15 of the Broadcasting Act 1990. When determining the percentage of qualifying revenue, OFCOM may set different percentages (including nil percentages) for different accounting periods.

476.OFCOM must include conditions in any replacement licence requiring payment of: the amount for the first calendar year of the licence, that amount increased by an appropriate percentage for each subsequent year and a specified percentage of the qualifying revenue attributable to a licence holder in each accounting period of the licence term. Payments required under these conditions are in addition to the fees required by OFCOM under section 4(1)(b) of the Broadcasting Act 1990.

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