Search Legislation

Communications Act 2003

Section 266: Statements of programme policy

575.The provider of a licensed public service channel must publish an annual statement of programme policy, and must review its performance against this statement. The statement must demonstrate how, in the coming year, the broadcaster will satisfy its public service remit, as well as those more specific programming obligations under sections 277 to 296 of the Act, and report on how successful it was in doing so in the previous year.

576.Subsection (4) provides that the statement should take account of OFCOM’s guidance on its preparation, and should have regard to the reports of OFCOM as described in the notes to section 264 above and section 358 below. Particular regard should be had to the latest such report. Subsection (7) states that licences for public service channels may include conditions relating to the treatment of any “previous statement of policy” made by the licensee. However, subsection (9) provides that such conditions may not postpone the time at which the licensee is required to make his first statement of programme policy under this section.

577.The first statement should be published as soon as possible after this section comes into force. The term “previous statement of policy” is defined in subsection (8).

Back to top


Print Options


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Public Acts except Appropriation, Consolidated Fund, Finance and Consolidation Acts.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources