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Communications Act 2003

Section 265: Public service remits of licensed providers

574.A public service remit applies to each licensed public service channel. For Channel 3 services, and Channel 5, the remit is to provide a range of high quality and diverse programming. For Channel 4, the remit specifically includes the need for programming to be innovative, creative and distinctive, for it to take account of cultural diversity and to make a significant contribution to meeting the need for licensed public service channels to include educational programmes. For the public teletext service (transmitted in both analogue and digital form) the remit is to provide a range of high quality and diverse text material. Licences relating to each of these must include a condition requiring that the public service remit be satisfied.

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