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Communications Act 2003

Section 357: Meaning of “control”

754.This section amends the provisions relating to the control of a body corporate set out in paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Act 1990 (circumstances where there is deemed to be control even though the person in question does not have a 50 per cent, or greater, interest in a company):

  • It provides that a person will be treated as having de facto control of such a body if he would (if he chose to) be able in most cases or in significant respects to ensure that affairs of the company are conducted in accordance with his wishes.

  • OFCOM will be required to publish and update guidance on some, but not necessarily all, of the factors they will take into account when determining whether a person has “control” of a body, within the meaning of paragraph 1(3)(b) of Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the 1990 Act.

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