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Communications Act 2003

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273Must-offer obligations in relation to satellite services
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(1)The regulatory regime for—

(a)every licensed public service channel,

(b)the public teletext service, and

(c)every other licensed television service specified for the purposes of this section in an order made by the Secretary of State,

includes the conditions that OFCOM consider appropriate for securing the three objectives set out in this section (so far as they are not secured by conditions imposed under section 272).

(2)The first objective is that the channel or other service, so far as it is provided in digital form, is at all times offered as available (subject to the need to agree terms) to be broadcast by means of every satellite television service that is available for reception by members of the public in the whole or a part of the United Kingdom.

(3)The second objective is that the person providing the channel or other service does his best to secure that arrangements are entered into, and kept in force, that ensure—

(a)that the channel or other service, so far as it is provided in digital form, is broadcast by means of satellite television services that are broadcast so as to be available for reception by members of the public in the United Kingdom; and

(b)that the broadcasting, in accordance with those arrangements, of the channel or other service by means of those satellite television services results in its being available for reception in an intelligible form and by means of those services by as many members of its intended audience as practicable.

(4)The third objective is that the arrangements entered into and kept in force for the purpose of securing the second objective prohibit the imposition, for or in connection with the provision of a satellite television service, of any charge that is attributable (whether directly or indirectly) to the conferring of an entitlement to receive the channel or other service in question in an intelligible form by means of that service.

(5)The three objectives apply only in relation to a time when the channel or service is included, in its digital form, in the list of services that are must-provide services for the purposes of section 274.

(6)Conditions imposed under this section in relation to a channel or other service must, to such extent as OFCOM consider appropriate—

(a)require arrangements made or kept in force for the purpose of securing the second objective to apply in the case of every service which is an ancillary service by reference to the channel or other service in question as they apply to the channel or other service itself; and

(b)provide for the channel or other service to which the conditions apply to be treated, in relation to particular satellite television services, as constituting such services comprised in or provided with the channel or other service as may be determined by OFCOM.

(7)In this section—

  • “intended audience”, in relation to a channel or other service, means—

    (a)

    if the channel or other service is one provided only for a particular area or locality of the United Kingdom, members of the public in that area or locality;

    (b)

    if the channel or other service is one provided for members of a particular community, members of that community; and

    (c)

    in any other case, members of the public in the United Kingdom;

  • “licensed television service” means a service falling to be licensed under Part 1 of the 1990 Act or Part 1 of the 1996 Act; and

  • “satellite television service” means a service which—

    (a)

    consists in or involves the broadcasting of television programme services from a satellite; and

    (b)

    is used by a significant number of the persons by whom the broadcasts are received in an intelligible form as their principal means of receiving television programmes.

(8)An order under section 411 must not appoint a day for provisions of this section to come into force that falls less than six months after the day on which the order is made.

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