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Communications Act 2003

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236Direction to licensee to take remedial action
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(1)This section applies if OFCOM are satisfied—

(a)that the holder of a licence to provide a television licensable content service has contravened a condition of the licence; and

(b)that the contravention can be appropriately remedied by the inclusion in the licensed service of a correction or a statement of findings (or both).

(2)OFCOM may direct the licence holder to include a correction or a statement of findings (or both) in the licensed service.

(3)A direction may require the correction or statement of findings to be in such form, and to be included in programmes at such time or times, as OFCOM may determine.

(4)OFCOM are not to give a person a direction under this section unless they have given him a reasonable opportunity of making representations to them about the matters appearing to them to provide grounds for the giving of the direction.

(5)Where the holder of a licence includes a correction or a statement of findings in the licensed service in pursuance of a direction under this section, he may announce that he is doing so in pursuance of such a direction.

(6)If OFCOM are satisfied that the inclusion of a programme in a television licensable content service involved a contravention of a condition of the licence to provide that service, they may direct the holder of the licence not to include that programme in that service on any future occasion.

(7)Where OFCOM—

(a)give a direction to a BBC company under subsection (2), or

(b)receive representations from a BBC company by virtue of subsection (4),

they must send a copy of the direction or representations to the Secretary of State.

(8)For the purposes of this section a statement of findings, in relation to a case in which OFCOM are satisfied that the holder of a licence has contravened the conditions of his licence, is a statement of OFCOM’s findings in relation to that contravention.

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