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Communications Act 2003

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259Composition of services in radio multiplexes
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(1)Section 54 of the 1996 Act (conditions attached to radio multiplex licences) shall be amended as follows.

(2)For paragraph (h) of subsection (1) (conditions as to composition of service) there shall be substituted—

(h)that, while the licence is in force, at least the required percentage of the digital capacity on the frequency or frequencies on which the service is broadcast is used, or left available to be used, for the broadcasting of services falling within subsection (1A).

(3)After that subsection there shall be inserted—

(1A)The services falling within this subsection are—

(a)digital sound programme services;

(b)simulcast radio services;

(c)programme-related services; and

(d)relevant technical services.

(4)In subsection (2) (meaning of services referred to in paragraph (h) of subsection (1))—

(a)for “paragraph (1)(h)” there shall be substituted “subsection (1A)”; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (i), for the words from “(within” to “1990 Act” there shall be substituted “(within the meaning of section 245 of the Communications Act 2003)”.

(5)After that subsection there shall be inserted—

(2A)In subsection (1)(h), the reference to the required percentage is a reference to such percentage equal to or more than 80 per cent. as OFCOM

(a)consider appropriate; and

(b)specify in the condition.

(6)In subsection (3) (power to vary percentage in subsection (1)(h))—

(a)for “subsection (1)” there shall be substituted “subsection (2A)”; and

(b)for “paragraph (h) of that subsection” there shall be substituted “that subsection”.

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