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Communications Act 2003

Section 384: General advisory functions of OFCOM in relation to media mergers

838.This section inserts a new section 106B EA 2002 setting out the general advisory functions of OFCOM. In any case where a media public interest consideration has been invoked, OFCOM may give advice to the Secretary of State on any report by the Competition Commission on the case and the taking of enforcement action by the Secretary of State.

839.There is also a general power for OFCOM to give advice where the Secretary of State has requested this in connection with any case on which they are required to report. This could be used, for example, in the event that the Secretary of State required supplementary advice on a particular aspect of a case. Except for the specific cases mentioned in new section 106B(1), this section does not empower OFCOM to give advice unless the Secretary of State has requested it.

840.Any advice that is given will be published (subject to compliance with the provisions of Part 9 EA 2002 relating to disclosure of information, in particular section 244 EA 2002), but not before the publication of the Competition Commission’s report on the case.

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