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Communications Act 2003

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271Power to amend public service remits
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(1)The Secretary of State may by order modify any one or more of the following—

(a)the public service remit for any licensed public service channel or for the public teletext service;

(b)the purposes of public service television broadcasting in the United Kingdom (within the meaning given by subsection (4) of section 264);

(c)the matters to which OFCOM are to have regard under subsections (5) and (6) of that section.

(2)The Secretary of State is not to make an order under this section except where—

(a)OFCOM have made a recommendation for the making of such an order in their most recent report under section 229 or 264; or

(b)subsection (3) applies to the order.

(3)This subsection applies to an order if—

(a)it is made by the Secretary of State less than twelve months after the date on which he has received a report under section 229;

(b)he has considered that report; and

(c)he is satisfied that the making of the order is required, notwithstanding the absence of a recommendation by OFCOM, by circumstances or other matters which are dealt with in that report or which (in his opinion) should have been.

(4)Before including a recommendation for the making of an order under this section in a report under section 229 or 264, OFCOM must consult—

(a)members of the public in the United Kingdom;

(b)such public service broadcasters as they consider are likely to be affected if the Secretary of State gives effect to the recommendation they are proposing to make; and

(c)such of the other persons providing television and radio services as OFCOM consider appropriate.

(5)Before making an order under this section, the Secretary of State must consult the persons mentioned in subsection (6) about its terms (even if the order is the one recommended by OFCOM).

(6)Those persons are—

(a)OFCOM;

(b)such public service broadcasters as they consider are likely to be affected by the order; and

(c)such of the other persons providing television and radio services as he considers appropriate.

(7)No order is to be made containing provision authorised by this section unless a draft of the order has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.

(8)In this section “public service broadcaster” means any of the persons who are public service broadcasters for the purposes of section 264.

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