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Communications Act 2003

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362Interpretation of Part 3
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(1)In this Part—

  • “additional radio service” means an additional service within the meaning given by section 114(1) of the 1990 Act for the purposes of Part 3 of that Act;

  • “additional television service” (except in the expression “digital additional television service”) means an additional service within the meaning given by section 48 of the 1990 Act for the purposes of Part 1 of the 1990 Act;

  • “analogue teletext service” is to be construed in accordance with section 218(4);

  • “ancillary service” has the same meaning as it has, by virtue of section 24(2) of the 1996 Act, in Part 1 of that Act;

  • “assistance for disabled people” means any of the following—

    (a)

    subtitling;

    (b)

    audio-description for the blind and partially sighted; and

    (c)

    presentation in, or translation into, sign language;

  • “available for reception by members of the public” is to be construed in accordance with section 361;

  • “the BBC Charter and Agreement” means the following documents, or any one or more of them, so far as they are for the time being in force—

    (a)

    a Royal Charter for the continuance of the BBC;

    (b)

    supplemental Charters obtained by the BBC under such a Royal Charter;

    (c)

    an agreement between the BBC and the Secretary of State entered into (whether before or after the passing of this Act) for purposes that include the regulation of activities carried on by the BBC;

  • “BBC company” means—

    (a)

    a body corporate which is controlled by the BBC; or

    (b)

    a body corporate in which the BBC or a body corporate controlled by the BBC is (to any extent) a participant;

  • “C4 company” means—

    (a)

    a body corporate which is controlled by C4C; or

    (b)

    a body corporate in which C4C or a body corporate controlled by C4C is (to any extent) a participant;

  • “Channel 3”,“Channel 4” and “Channel 5” each has the same meaning as in Part 1 of the 1990 Act (see section 71 of that Act);

  • “Channel 3 licence” means a licence to provide a Channel 3 service;

  • “a Channel 3 service” means a television broadcasting service comprised in Channel 3;

  • “digital additional sound service” means a digital additional service within the meaning given by section 63 of the 1996 Act for the purposes of Part 2 of that Act;

  • “digital additional television service” means a digital additional service within the meaning given by section 24(1) of the 1996 Act for the purposes of Part 1 of that Act;

  • “the digital public teletext service” means so much of the public teletext service as consists of a service provided in digital form;

  • “digital sound programme licence” and “digital sound programme service” each has the same meaning as in Part 2 of the 1996 Act (see sections 40 and 72 of that Act);

  • “digital television programme service” means a digital programme service within the meaning given by section 1(4) of the 1996 Act for the purposes of Part 1 of that Act;

  • EEA State” means the United Kingdom or any other State that is a contracting party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 22nd May 1992, as adjusted by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 17th March 1993, and “another EEA State” means an EEA State other than the United Kingdom;

  • “general multiplex service” means a multiplex service within the meaning of section 175 which is neither a television multiplex service nor a radio multiplex service;

  • “initial expiry date” has the meaning given by section 224;

  • “licensed public service channel” means any of the following services (whether provided for broadcasting in digital or in analogue form)—

    (a)

    any Channel 3 service;

    (b)

    Channel 4;

    (c)

    Channel 5;

  • “local digital sound programme licence” and “local digital sound programme service” each has the same meaning as in Part 2 of the 1996 Act (see sections 60 and 72 of that Act);

  • “local radio multiplex licence” and “local radio multiplex service” each has the same meaning as in Part 2 of the 1996 Act (see sections 40 and 72 of that Act);

  • “local sound broadcasting licence” means a licence under Part 3 of the 1990 Act to provide a local sound broadcasting service;

  • “local sound broadcasting service” means a sound broadcasting service which, under subsection (4)(b) of section 245, is a local service for the purposes of that section;

  • “the M25 area” means the area the outer boundary of which is represented by the London Orbital Motorway (M25);

  • “national Channel 3 service” means a Channel 3 service provided between particular times of the day for more than one area for which regional Channel 3 services are provided;

  • “national digital sound programme service” has the same meaning as in Part 2 of the 1996 Act;

  • “national radio multiplex licence” and “national radio multiplex service” each has the same meaning as in Part 2 of the 1996 Act (see sections 40 and 72 of that Act);

  • “networking arrangements” has the meaning given by section 290;

  • OFCOM’s standards code” means any code or codes for the time being in force containing standards set by OFCOM under section 319 (whether originally or by way of any revision of any standards previously so set);

  • “provision”, in relation to a service, is to be construed (subject to subsection (3)) in accordance with subsection (2), and cognate expressions are to be construed accordingly;

  • “the public teletext provider” means—

    (a)

    subject to paragraph (b), the person holding the licence under section 219 to provide the public teletext service; and

    (b)

    in relation to a time before the grant of the first licence to be granted under that section, the person holding the Broadcasting Act licence to provide the existing service (within the meaning of section 221);

  • “the public teletext service” means the service the provision of which is required to be secured in accordance with section 218;

  • “qualifying service” has the same meaning as in Part 1 of the 1996 Act (see section 2(2) of that Act);

  • “radio licensable content service” has the meaning given by section 247;

  • “radio multiplex service” has the same meaning as (by virtue of section 258 of this Act) it has in Part 2 of the 1996 Act;

  • “radio programme service” means any of the following—

    (a)

    a service the provision of which is licensed under Part 3 of the 1990 Act;

    (b)

    a digital sound programme service the provision of which is licensed under Part 2 of the 1996 Act;

    (c)

    a digital additional sound service the provision of which is licensed under section 64 of the 1996 Act;

  • “regional Channel 3 licence” means a licence under Part 1 of the 1990 Act to provide a regional Channel 3 service;

  • “regional Channel 3 service” means a Channel 3 service provided for a particular area determined under section 14(2) of the 1990 Act;

  • “restricted television service” means any restricted service within the meaning given by section 42A of the 1990 Act for the purposes of Part 1 of that Act;

  • S4C” and “S4C Digital” means the services so described in section 204(3);

  • “S4C company” means—

    (a)

    a body corporate which is controlled by the Welsh Authority; or

    (b)

    a body corporate in which that Authority or a body corporate controlled by that Authority is (to any extent) a participant;

  • “simulcast radio service” means any simulcast radio service within the meaning given by section 41(2) of the 1996 Act for the purposes of Part 2 of that Act;

  • “sound broadcasting service” has the same meaning as in Part 3 of the 1990 Act (see section 126 of that Act);

  • “standards objectives” has the meaning given by section 319(2);

  • “subtitling” means subtitling for the deaf or hard of hearing, whether provided by means of a teletext service or otherwise;

  • “television broadcasting service” means (subject to subsection (4)) a service which—

    (a)

    consists in a service of television programmes provided with a view to its being broadcast (whether in digital or in analogue form);

    (b)

    is provided so as to be available for reception by members of the public; and

    (c)

    is not—

    (i)

    a restricted television service;

    (ii)

    a television multiplex service;

    (iii)

    a service provided under the authority of a licence under Part 1 of the 1990 Act to provide a television licensable content service; or

    (iv)

    a service provided under the authority of a licence under Part 1 of the 1996 Act to provide a digital television programme service;

  • “television licensable content service” has the meaning given by section 232 of this Act;

  • “television multiplex service” has meaning given by section 241(1) of this Act to a multiplex service within the meaning of Part 1 of the 1996 Act;

  • “television programme service” means any of the following—

    (a)

    a television broadcasting service;

    (b)

    a television licensable content service;

    (c)

    a digital television programme service;

    (d)

    a restricted television service;

  • “the Television without Frontiers Directive” means Council Directive 89/552/EEC on the Co-ordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in member States concerning the pursuit of television broadcasting activities, together with any modifications of that Directive by Directive 97/36/EC of the European Parliament and the Council;

  • “text service” means any teletext service or other service in the case of which the visual images broadcast or distributed by means of the service consist wholly or mainly of non-representational images.

(2)In the case of any of the following services—

(a)a television broadcasting service or sound broadcasting service,

(b)the public teletext service;

(c)a television licensable content service or radio licensable content service,

(d)a digital television programme service or digital sound programme service,

(e)a restricted television service,

(f)an additional television service or additional radio service,

(g)a digital additional television service or a digital additional sound service,

the person, and the only person, who is to be treated for the purposes of this Part as providing the service is the person with general control over which programmes and other services and facilities are comprised in the service (whether or not he has control of the content of individual programmes or of the broadcasting or distribution of the service).

(3)For the purposes of this Part—

(a)the provision of a service by the BBC does not include its provision by a BBC company;

(b)the provision of a service by C4C does not include its provision by a C4 company;

(c)the provision of a service by the Welsh Authority does not include its provision by an S4C company;

and, accordingly, control that is or is capable of being exercised by the BBC, C4C or the Welsh Authority over decisions by a BBC company, C4 company or S4C company about what is to be comprised in a service shall be disregarded for the purposes of subsection (2).

(4)References in this Part to a television broadcasting service do not include references to any text service.

(5)References in this Part to imposing a charge on a person in respect of his reception of a service in, or in a part of, the United Kingdom include references to imposing charges—

(a)for his use of the service at a place in the United Kingdom or in that part of it;

(b)for an entitlement of his to receive it at such place;

(c)for the use of a facility by means of which he exercises such an entitlement; or

(d)for the service’s being made available for reception by him at such a place.

(6)In subsection (1) “controlled” and “participant” each has the same meaning as in Schedule 2 to the 1990 Act.

(7)In this section “non-representational images” means visual images which are neither still pictures nor comprised within sequences of visual images capable of being seen as moving pictures.

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