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After section 183 of the 1990 Act there shall be inserted—

183AMembership of the Gaelic Media Service

(1)The Service shall consist of not more than twelve members.

(2)The members of the Service are to be appointed by OFCOM

(3)OFCOM must appoint one of the members to be the chairman of the Service.

(4)The approval of the Secretary of State is required for the appointment of a person as a member of the Service, and for the appointment of a member as their chairman.

(5)The members of the Service must include—

(a)a member nominated by the BBC;

(b)a member nominated by Highlands and Islands Enterprise; and

(c)a member nominated by Bòrd Gàidhlig na h-Alba (the Gaelic Development Agency).

(6)When appointing members of the Service, OFCOM must have regard to—

(a)the desirability of having members of the Service who are proficient in written and spoken Gaelic; and

(b)any guidance issued by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this section.

(7)OFCOM must secure, so far as practicable, that the membership of the Service is such that the interests of each of the following are adequately represented—

(a)the holders of licences to provide regional Channel 3 services for areas wholly in Scotland;

(b)the holders of licences to provide regional Channel 3 services in respect of which determinations under section 184(4)(b) are for the time being in force;

(c)the independent television and radio production industries in Scotland;

(d)other persons and bodies concerned with the promotion and use of the Gaelic language, including those concerned with education in Gaelic and in Gaelic culture.

(8)Schedule 19 to this Act shall have effect with respect to the Service.

(9)In this section—

  • Bòrd Gàidhlig na h-Alba” means the body of that name formed under section 5 of the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985;

  • regional Channel 3 service” has the same meaning as in Part 1.

(10)The Secretary of State may by order amend the reference in subsection (5) to Bòrd Gàidhlig na h-Alba (the Gaelic Development Agency)—

(a)by substituting a reference to another body formed under section 5 of the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985 with functions relating to the promotion of Gaelic; or

(b)for the purpose of giving effect to a change to the name of the body referred to in that subsection.

(11)An order under this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

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