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Communications Act 2003

Section 258: Radio multiplex services

562.Where a radio multiplex service is referred to in Part 2 of the Broadcasting Act 1996, it means a service (i) which is broadcast otherwise than by satellite so as to be available to members of the public and (ii) which provides, or is capable of providing, two or more digital sound services for simultaneous broadcast on the same frequency.

563.Subsection (3) provides that it will not be an offence to provide a radio multiplex service that is not licensed under the Broadcasting Act 1996. Only where a wireless telegraphy licence provides that any radio multiplex service being broadcast using the station or apparatus to which that licence relates must itself be licensed, shall that radio multiplex service require a licence. This will be assumed to be the case where the multiplex service is provided under a licence under the Broadcasting Act 1996 that was in force immediately before this section comes into force and the service is broadcast using a station or apparatus that is authorised by a wireless telegraphy licence.

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