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Part 1U.K.Channel 3 services

Ban on newspaper proprietors holding Channel 3 licencesU.K.

1(1)A person is not to hold a licence to provide a Channel 3 service if—U.K.

(a)he runs a national newspaper which for the time being has a national market share of 20 per cent. or more; or

(b)he runs national newspapers which for the time being together have a national market share of 20 per cent. or more.

F1(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)For the purposes of this paragraph, where there is a licence to provide a Channel 3 service, each of the following shall be treated as holding that licence—

(a)the actual licence holder; and

(b)every person connected with the actual licence holder.

Textual Amendments

F1Sch. 14 para. 1(2) omitted (15.6.2011) by virtue of The Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/1503), arts. 1, 3

Commencement Information

I1Sch. 14 para. 1 in force at 29.12.2003 by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

Restrictions on participationU.K.

2(1)A person who is—U.K.

(a)the proprietor of a national newspaper which for the time being has a national market share of 20 per cent. or more, or

(b)the proprietor of national newspapers which for the time being together have a national market share of 20 per cent. or more,

is not to be a participant with more than a 20 per cent. interest in a body corporate which is the holder of a licence to provide a Channel 3 service.

(2)A person who is the holder of a licence to provide a Channel 3 service is not to be a participant with more than a 20 per cent. interest in a body corporate which is a relevant national newspaper proprietor.

(3)A body corporate is not to be a participant with more than a 20 per cent. interest in a body corporate which holds a licence to provide a Channel 3 service if the first body corporate is one in which a relevant national newspaper proprietor is a participant with more than a 20 per cent. interest.

(4)A restriction imposed by this paragraph on participation in a body corporate which is the holder of a Channel 3 licence applies equally to participation in a body corporate which controls the holder of such a licence.

(5)Any restriction on participation imposed by this paragraph—

(a)on the proprietor of a newspaper, or

(b)on the holder of a licence,

is to apply as if he and every person connected with him were one person.

(6)In this paragraph “a relevant national newspaper proprietor” means a person who runs—

(a)a national newspaper which for the time being has a national market share of 20 per cent. or more; or

(b)national newspapers which for the time being together have a national market share of 20 per cent. or more.

Commencement Information

I2Sch. 14 para. 2 in force at 29.12.2003 by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

National and local newspapers and their respective national and local market sharesU.K.

3(1)In this Part of this Schedule references to a national or local newspaper are references to a national or local newspaper circulating wholly or mainly in the United Kingdom or in a part of the United Kingdom.U.K.

(2)Where a newspaper is published in different regional editions on the same day, OFCOM have the power to determine whether those regional editions should be treated for the purposes of this Part of this Schedule as constituting—

(a)one national newspaper;

(b)two or more local newspapers; or

(c)one national newspaper and one or more local newspapers.

(3)In the case of a newspaper which would otherwise be neither a national nor a local newspaper for the purposes of this Part of this Schedule, OFCOM have the power to determine, if they consider it appropriate to do so in the light of—

(a)its circulation and influence in the United Kingdom, or

(b)its circulation or influence in a part of the United Kingdom,

that the newspaper is to be treated as a national or as a local newspaper for such of those purposes as they may determine.

(4)For the purposes of this Part of this Schedule, the national market share of a national newspaper at any time is the percentage of the total number of copies of all national newspapers sold in the United Kingdom in the relevant six months which is represented by the total number of copies of that newspaper sold in the United Kingdom in that six months.

F2(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(6)In [F3sub-paragraph (4)]the relevant six months” means the six months ending with the last whole calendar month to end before the time in question.

(7)For the purposes of [F4sub-paragraph (4)] , the number of copies of a newspaper sold in the United KingdomF5... during any period may be taken to be such number as is estimated by OFCOM—

(a)in such manner, or

(b)by reference to such statistics prepared by any other person,

as they think fit.

(8)In relation to a newspaper which is distributed free of charge (rather than sold), references in this paragraph to the number of copies sold include references to the number of copies distributed.

Textual Amendments

F2Sch. 14 para. 3(5) omitted (15.6.2011) by virtue of Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/1503), arts. 1, 6(2)

F3Words in Sch. 14 para. 3(6) substituted (15.6.2011) by Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/1503), arts. 1, 6(3)

F4Words in Sch. 14 para. 3(7) substituted (15.6.2011) by Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/1503), arts. 1, 6(4)

F5Words in Sch. 14 para. 3(7) omitted (15.6.2011) by virtue of Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/1503), arts. 1, 6(4)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Commencement Information

I3Sch. 14 para. 3 in force at 29.12.2003 by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

Construction of references to running a newspaperU.K.

4U.K.For the purposes of this Part of this Schedule a person runs a F6... newspaper if—

(a)he is the proprietor of the newspaper; or

(b)he controls a body which is the proprietor of the newspaper.

Textual Amendments

F6Words in Sch. 14 para. 4 omitted (15.6.2011) by virtue of Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/1503), arts. 1, 7

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Commencement Information

I4Sch. 14 para. 4 in force at 29.12.2003 by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

Coverage area for a Channel 3 serviceU.K.

F75U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F7Sch. 14 para. 5 omitted (15.6.2011) by virtue of Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/1503), arts. 1, 8

Commencement Information

I5Sch. 14 para. 5 in force at 29.12.2003 by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

Power to amend Part 1 of ScheduleU.K.

6U.K.The Secretary of State may by order repeal or otherwise modify any of the restrictions imposed by this Part of this Schedule.

Commencement Information

I6Sch. 14 para. 6 in force at 29.12.2003 by S.I. 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 11)

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