SCHEDULE 15Amendments of Broadcasting Acts

Part 1Amendments of the 1990 Act

Licensing functions of OFCOM

32(1)Section 85 of the 1990 Act (licensing of independent radio services) shall be amended as follows.

(2)In subsections (1) and (2), for “the Authority” and “The Authority”, wherever occurring, there shall be substituted “OFCOM”.

(3)In subsection (1), for “such licences to provide independent radio services as they may determine” there shall be substituted “licences to provide relevant independent radio services”.

(4)Subsections (3) and (4) (duty to secure the meeting of a variety of tastes and interests and to ensure fair and effective competition) shall cease to have effect.

(5)After subsection (7) there shall be inserted—

(8)In this section “relevant independent radio services” means the following services so far as they are services falling to be regulated under section 245 of the Communications Act 2003—

(a)sound broadcasting services;

(b)radio licensable content services;

(c)additional radio services.