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Communications Act 2003

Section 314: Local content and character of local sound broadcasting services

663.Subsection (1) imposes a duty on OFCOM to ensure that local sound broadcasting services contain local material, to the extent (if any) that OFCOM consider appropriate in that case, and include locally-made programmes. OFCOM are required to draft, publish and maintain guidance setting out when local sound broadcasting services satisfy the requirements of subsection (1) and to have regard to that guidance when carrying out their functions in relation to local sound broadcasting services. OFCOM’s guidance may extend to such issues as providing descriptions of local material and locally-made programmes. Subsection (5) requires OFCOM to consult with persons having an interest in local sound broadcasting services before drafting or revising the guidance. OFCOM’s duties under this section do not extend to local advertising.

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