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Communications Act 2003

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204Welsh Authority’s function of providing S4C and S4C Digital
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(1)The Welsh Authority shall continue in existence with the substitution of the following function for their functions under section 57 of the 1990 Act.

(2)The Welsh Authority shall have the function of providing television programme services of high quality with a view to their being available for reception wholly or mainly by members of the public in Wales.

(3)The carrying out of that function—

(a)must include the continuing provision of the television broadcasting service known as Sianel Pedwar Cymru (“S4C”); and

(b)may include the continuing provision of the service provided in digital form and known as S4C Digital.

(4)The power of the Welsh Authority to provide S4C Digital includes a power to secure that arrangements are made and remain in force for it to be broadcast in digital form.

(5)It shall be the duty of the Welsh Authority to secure that S4C and S4C Digital each represents a public service for the dissemination of information, education and entertainment.

(6)The Welsh Authority may use part of the signals carrying S4C to provide—

(a)subtitling in relation to programmes included in the service; and

(b)other services which are ancillary to programmes included in S4C and which are directly related to their contents.

(7)In providing S4C Digital the Welsh Authority may also provide—

(a)assistance for disabled people in relation to programmes included in the service; and

(b)any other service (other than one mentioned in paragraph (a)) which is an ancillary service in relation to S4C Digital.

(8)The Secretary of State may by order modify this Act and such other enactments as he thinks fit for the purpose of—

(a)replacing the requirement of the Welsh Authority to provide S4C with a requirement to provide a service in digital form;

(b)requiring the Welsh Authority to secure that arrangements are made for that service and S4C Digital to be merged and provided as one service (also to be known as “S4C Digital”); and

(c)applying enactments relating to the provision of S4C or S4C Digital to the provision of the merged service.

(9)An order under subsection (8) may require the Welsh Authority to ensure that, from the coming into force of a requirement to provide a merged service in digital form until a time determined in the manner described in the order, the whole or a part of the merged service is also to be provided for broadcasting in analogue form.

(10)In this section “programme” does not include an advertisement.

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