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Communications Act 2003

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299Categorisation of listed events
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(1)For subsections (1) and (2) of section 97 of the 1996 Act (listed events), there shall be substituted—

(1)The Secretary of State may, for the purposes of this Part, maintain a list of sporting and other events of national interest, and an event for the time being included in the list is referred to in this Part as a “listed event”.

(1A)A list maintained under subsection (1) must be divided into two categories, and those categories are referred to in this Part as “Group A” and “Group B”.

(1B)Each listed event must be allocated either to Group A or to Group B.

(2)Before drawing up such a list, or revising or ceasing to maintain it, the Secretary of State must consult—

(a)OFCOM,

(b)the BBC,

(c)the Welsh Authority, and

(d)in relation to a relevant event, the person from whom the rights to televise that event may be acquired.

(2A)For the purposes of subsection (2)(d), a relevant event is an event which the Secretary of State proposes—

(a)to include in a list maintained under subsection (1),

(b)to omit from such a list, or

(c)to move from one category in such a list to the other.

(2)In subsection (3)(b) of that section, the words “by the Commission” and “by them” shall be omitted.

(3)In subsection (5) of that section—

(a)for the words “addition of any relevant event to” there shall be substituted “inclusion of any event in”; and

(b)in paragraph (a), for “addition” there shall be substituted “inclusion”.

(4)After that subsection, there shall be inserted—

(5A)The allocation or transfer of an event to group A does not affect the validity of a contract entered into before the day on which the Secretary of State consulted the persons mentioned in subsection (2) in relation to the proposed allocation or transfer.

(5B)The Secretary of State may direct that, for the transitional purposes set out in the direction, the transfer of a Group B event to Group A is not to affect the application to that event of provisions of this Part relating to a Group B event.

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