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Communications Act 2003

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315Variations of radio multiplex licences affecting service characteristics
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For subsection (6) of section 54 of the 1996 Act (variations of radio multiplex licence affecting service characteristics) there shall be substituted—

(6)Where the licence holder applies to OFCOM for the variation of a condition which—

(a)was imposed under subsection (1)(b), and

(b)relates to the characteristics of digital sound programme services to be broadcast under the licence,

then (subject to subsections (6A) and (6B)) OFCOM must vary the condition in accordance with the application.

(6A)OFCOM are not to vary a national radio multiplex licence in accordance with an application under subsection (6) if it appears to them that, if the application were granted, the capacity of the digital sound programme services broadcast under the licence to appeal to a variety of tastes and interests would be unacceptably diminished.

(6B)OFCOM are to vary a local radio multiplex licence in accordance with such an application only if they are satisfied—

(a)that the variation would not unacceptably narrow the range of programmes available by way of local digital sound programme services to persons living in the area or locality for which the licensed multiplex service is provided;

(b)that the variation would be conducive to the maintenance or promotion of fair and effective competition in that area or locality; or

(c)that there is evidence that, amongst persons living in that area or locality, there is a significant demand for, or significant support for, the change that would result from the variation.

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