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Communications Act 2003

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Pre-transfer Broadcasting Act licences

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30(1)Subject to any express provision made by this Act in relation to a particular description of Broadcasting Act licence, neither—

(a)the transfer from a pre-commencement regulator to OFCOM of the function of granting or awarding such licences or of any other power exercisable in relation to such licences, nor

(b)any other modification by or by virtue of this Act of the power to grant or award such licences or of a provision having effect in relation to such licences,

shall affect the continuing validity of a licence by or under which the provision of a service is authorised immediately before the coming into force of the transfer or modification.

(2)Accordingly, such a licence shall continue to have effect, after the coming into force of the transfer or modification—

(a)on the same terms and conditions and for the same period as it would have done if this Act had not been passed; but

(b)as if, in relation to times after the coming into force of any relevant transfer of functions to OFCOM, every reference in the licence to a pre-commencement regulator were a reference to OFCOM.

(3)Sub-paragraph (2) is subject to the following provisions of this Act—

(a)those under which a licence is to have effect as if the period for which it is granted were the period determined under this Act; and

(b)those under which the conditions of a licence fall to be varied for the purpose of imposing a condition required by this Act.

(4)Anything done at any time before the relevant transfer date under or for the purposes of enforcing any provision of a Broadcasting Act licence is to have effect in relation to times on or after that date—

(a)to the extent that it was done by or in relation to the ITC or Radio Authority, and

(b)so far as necessary for preserving its effect or for facilitating the taking of further action by OFCOM,

as a thing done by or in relation to OFCOM.

(5)In sub-paragraph (4) “relevant transfer date”—

(a)in relation to licences under Part 1 of the 1990 Act or Part 1 of the 1996 Act, means the television transfer date; and

(b)in relation to licences under Part 3 of the 1990 Act or Part 2 of the 1996 Act, means the radio transfer date.

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