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Communications Act 2003

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Government requirements for licensed services

336Government requirements for licensed services

(1)If it appears to the Secretary of State or any other Minister of the Crown to be appropriate to do so in connection with any of his functions, the Secretary of State or that Minister may at any time by notice require OFCOM to give a direction under subsection (2).

(2)A direction under this subsection is a direction to the holders of the Broadcasting Act licences specified in the notice under subsection (1) to include an announcement so specified in their licensed services.

(3)The direction may specify the times at which the announcement is to be broadcast or otherwise transmitted.

(4)Where the holder of a Broadcasting Act licence includes an announcement in his licensed service in pursuance of a direction under this section, he may announce that he is doing so in pursuance of such a direction.

(5)The Secretary of State may, at any time, by notice require OFCOM to direct the holders of the Broadcasting Act licences specified in the notice to refrain from including in their licensed services any matter, or description of matter, specified in the notice.

(6)Where—

(a)OFCOM have given the holder of a Broadcasting Act licence a direction in accordance with a notice under subsection (5),

(b)in consequence of the revocation by the Secretary of State of such a notice, OFCOM have revoked such a direction, or

(c)such a notice has expired,

the holder of the licence in question may include in the licensed service an announcement of the giving or revocation of the direction or of the expiration of the notice, as the case may be.

(7)OFCOM must comply with every requirement contained in a notice under this section.

(8)The powers conferred by this section are in addition to any powers specifically conferred on the Secretary of State by or under this Act or any other enactment.

(9)In this section “Minister of the Crown” includes the Treasury.

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