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280Appointed news providers for Channel 3E+W+S+N.I.
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(1)The regulatory regime for every regional Channel 3 service includes the conditions that OFCOM consider appropriate for securing the nationwide broadcasting, on the regional Channel 3 services (taken together), of news programmes that are able to compete effectively with other television news programmes broadcast nationwide in the United Kingdom.

(2)The conditions imposed under this section must include a condition requiring the holder of a regional Channel 3 licence to do all that he can to ensure—

(a)that arrangements for the appointment of a single body corporate as the appointed news provider are maintained between all the holders of regional Channel 3 licences; and

(b)that, at all times while he is providing a regional Channel 3 service, there is in force an appointment made in accordance with those arrangements.

(3)The arrangements that are required to be maintained by virtue of conditions imposed under subsection (2) must provide—

(a)for the terms on which a body is appointed as the appointed news provider to include the terms appearing to OFCOM to be appropriate for securing that the body’s finances are adequate, throughout the period of its appointment, to ensure that the Channel 3 news obligations are capable of being met; and

(b)for the approval of OFCOM to be required for the purposes of paragraph (a) to the terms on which an appointment is made.

(4)The conditions imposed under this section must include the conditions that OFCOM consider appropriate for securing that arrangements maintained between—

(a)the holders of regional Channel 3 licences, and

(b)the body which is the appointed news provider,

ensure that that body is subject to an obligation, enforceable by OFCOM, to provide OFCOM with all such information as they may require for the purpose of carrying out their functions.

(5)The conditions imposed under this section must include a condition requiring the news programmes included in a regional Channel 3 service—

(a)to be programmes provided by the body which is for the time being the appointed news provider for the purposes of this section; and

(b)to be so included in that service as to be broadcast simultaneously with the broadcasting of news programmes included, in accordance with conditions imposed under this subsection, in other regional Channel 3 services.

(6)Those conditions must also require the news programmes provided by the appointed news provider which, in accordance with a condition imposed under subsection (5), are included in a regional Channel 3 service to be programmes that are presented live.

(7)OFCOM—

(a)may issue guidance as to the terms that will satisfy requirements imposed by virtue of subsection (3)(a); and

(b)must have regard to guidance for the time being in force under this subsection when considering whether to give an approval for the purposes of provision made by virtue of subsection (3)(b).

(8)For the purposes of this section the Channel 3 news obligations are—

(a)the requirements of any conditions imposed in relation to regional Channel 3 services under section 279; and

(b)the nationwide broadcasting on the regional Channel 3 services (taken together) of news programmes that are able to compete effectively with other television news programmes broadcast nationwide in the United Kingdom.

(9)Conditions imposed under this section are not to require arrangements to make provision falling within subsection (3)(a) or (b) or (4) in relation to appointments made before the commencement of this section.

(10)Section 32 of the 1990 Act (nomination of bodies eligible for appointment as news providers) shall cease to have effect.

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