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Communications Act 2003

Section 341: Imposition of penalties on the Welsh Authority

709.This section gives OFCOM the power to fine the Welsh Authority where they are satisfied that a contravention of any requirement listed in subsection (1) has occurred. Broadly, these include obligations relating to programme quotas, news and current affairs, programming standards, advertising or sponsorship, complaints procedure publicity, international obligations, assistance for disabled people and fairness. The maximum fine is £250,000. Under subsection (6), the Secretary of State may vary the maximum penalty by order. Subsection (4) states that OFCOM may not fine the Welsh Authority without giving them a chance to make representations in its defence. Subsection (5) makes clear that the imposition of a fine would not prevent OFCOM from issuing a direction to the Welsh Authority, under paragraph 15 of Schedule 12, to broadcast a correction or a finding by OFCOM of a breach of the standards code issued under section 319.

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