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Communications Act 2003

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Renewal of national licences

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44(1)Section 103A of the 1990 Act (renewal of national licences) shall be amended as follows.

(2)For “the Authority”, wherever occurring, there shall be substituted “OFCOM”.

(3)In subsection (1), for “eight” there shall be substituted “twelve”.

(4)In subsection (2), after “not later than” there shall be inserted “the day falling three months before”.

(5)In subsection (3), paragraph (a) and in paragraph (b) the words “in any other case” shall cease to have effect.

(6)In subsection (4), for paragraph (b) there shall be substituted—

(b)the applicant gave notice to OFCOM, within the period of one month beginning with the commencement of section 42 of the Broadcasting Act 1996, of his intention to provide a simulcast radio service, and.

(7)For subsection (7) there shall be substituted—

(7)The amount determined under subsection (6)(b) must be equal to the amount which, in OFCOM’s opinion, would have been the cash bid of the licence holder were the licence (instead of being renewed) to be granted for the period of the renewal on an application made in accordance with section 98.

(7A)For the purposes of subsection (6)(c)—

(a)different percentages may be specified for different accounting periods; and

(b)the percentages that may be specified for an accounting period include a nil percentage.

(8)After subsection (10) there shall be inserted—

(10A)In the case of a pre-transfer national licence (including one for a period extended under section 253 of the Communications Act 2003)—

(a)the licence is not to be capable of being renewed under this section if it has already been renewed under this section before the radio transfer date; and

(b)on the renewal of the licence, it shall be the duty of OFCOM to secure that the renewed licence contains only such provision as would be included in a national licence granted by OFCOM under this Part after the radio transfer date.

(9)After subsection (11) there shall be inserted—

(12)A determination for the purposes of subsection (11)—

(a)must be made at least one year before the date determined; and

(b)must be notified by OFCOM to the person who holds the licence in question.

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