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Provision of simulcast radio servicesE+W+S+N.I.

256Definition of simulcast radio servicesE+W+S+N.I.

(1)In section 41 of the 1996 Act (meaning of simulcast radio service), for subsection (2) there shall be substituted—

(2)In this Part, a “simulcast radio service” means a service provided by a person for broadcasting in digital form and corresponding to a service which is a national service within the meaning of Part 3 of the 1990 Act and is provided by that person.

(2)In subsection (1) of section 126 of the 1990 Act (interpretation of Part 3), before the definition of “sound broadcasting service” there shall be inserted—

simulcast radio service” means a simulcast radio service within the meaning given by section 41(2) of the Broadcasting Act 1996 for the purposes of Part 2 of that Act;.

(3)After that subsection there shall be inserted—

(1A)For the purposes of this Part a simulcast radio service corresponds to a national service if, in accordance with section 41(3) of the Broadcasting Act 1996, it falls to be treated as so corresponding for the purposes of Part 2 of that Act.

257Promotion of simulcast radio servicesE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Chapter 2 of Part 3 of the 1990 Act (sound broadcasting services) shall be amended as follows.

(2)In section 98(1) (notices of proposals to grant national licences), after paragraph (b)(ii) there shall be inserted—

(iia)the digital capacity that is likely, in their opinion, to be available from the holders of national radio multiplex licences for the broadcasting of a simulcast radio service corresponding to the service;.

(3)In section 98(3) (applications for national licences), after paragraph (a) there shall be inserted—

(aa)the applicant’s proposals (if any) for providing a simulcast radio service corresponding to the service;.

(4)In section 98(7) (construction of section), after “this section” there shall be inserted—

national radio multiplex licence” has the same meaning as in Part 2 of the Broadcasting Act 1996; and.

(5)In section 100 (award of national licence to person submitting highest cash bid), for subsection (2) there shall be substituted—

(1A)If, in a case in which one or more of the applicants has made a proposal to provide a simulcast radio service corresponding to the service to be licensed (a “simulcast applicant”), the highest cash bid is made by an applicant who is not a simulcast applicant, OFCOM may—

(a)disregard the requirement imposed by subsection (1); and

(b)award the licence to the simulcast applicant whose cash bid is the highest of the bids submitted by simulcast applicants.

(2)Where—

(a)two or more applicants for a licence have submitted cash bids specifying an identical amount and that amount is higher than the amount of every other bid, or

(b)two or more simulcast applicants have submitted cash bids specifying an identical amount and that amount is higher than the amount of every other bid submitted by a simulcast applicant,

OFCOM must invite those applicants and (in a case falling within paragraph (b)) every applicant who has made a higher bid to submit further cash bids in respect of that licence.

(2A)OFCOM may decide not to invite an applicant to submit a further cash bid under subsection (2) if—

(a)the applicant is not a simulcast applicant and they propose to exercise their power under subsection (1A); or

(b)they propose to exercise their power under subsection (3).

(2B)Subsection (2A) is not to be construed as preventing OFCOM from making a decision to exercise their power under subsection (1A) or (3) after they have received further bids in response to invitations under subsection (2).

(2C)In this Part references to a person’s cash bid, in relation to a person who has submitted a further cash bid in pursuance of subsection (2), have effect as references to his further bid.

(6)After section 100 there shall be inserted—

100ALicence conditions relating to simulcast radio services

Where OFCOM award a national licence to a person whose application for that licence included proposals to provide a simulcast radio service, that licence must include a condition requiring the licence holder—

(a)to provide, from a date specified in the licence, a simulcast radio service corresponding to the licensed service; and

(b)to do all that he can to secure the broadcasting of that service.

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