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Communications Act 2003

Section 385: Other general functions of OFCOM in relation to media mergers

841.This section inserts a new section 119A EA 2002 that gives OFCOM the function of obtaining and reviewing information relating to any of its functions in relation to the media public interest considerations. This information-gathering role, which may involve research, is with a view to OFCOM having the information it needs to make decisions and carry out its functions under Part 3 EA 2002.

842.Subsection (4) of new section 119A EA 2002 provides that the general duties of OFCOM under section 3 of this Act do not apply when OFCOM are exercising their functions under the media merger provisions of the EA 2002 (see also section 3(7) of this Act). In practice the media merger provisions will operate as part of the EA 2002, and this Act has its own provisions setting out the functions and responsibilities of the different authorities.

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