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Communications Act 2003

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364TV licences

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(1)A licence for the purposes of section 363 (“a TV licence”)—

(a)may be issued by the BBC subject to such restrictions and conditions as the BBC think fit; and

(b)must be issued subject to such restrictions and conditions as the Secretary of State may require by a direction to the BBC.

(2)The matters to which the restrictions and conditions subject to which a TV licence may be issued may relate include, in particular—

(a)the description of television receivers that may be installed and used under the licence;

(b)the persons authorised by the licence to install and use a television receiver;

(c)the places where the installation and use of the television receiver is authorised by the licence;

(d)the circumstances in which the installation and use of such a receiver is so authorised;

(e)the purposes for which the installation and use of such a receiver is so authorised;

(f)the use of such receiver in a manner that causes, or may cause, interference (within the meaning of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 (c. 54)) with wireless telegraphy.

(3)The restrictions and conditions subject to which a TV licence may be issued do not include—

(a)a provision conferring a power of entry to any premises; or

(b)a provision prohibited by a direction to the BBC by the Secretary of State.

(4)A TV licence shall continue in force, unless previously revoked by the BBC, for such period as may be specified in the licence.

(5)The BBC may revoke or modify a TV licence, or the restrictions or conditions of such a licence—

(a)by a notice to the holder of the licence; or

(b)by a general notice published in such manner as may be specified in the licence.

(6)It shall be the duty of the BBC to exercise their power under subsection (5) to revoke or modify a TV licence, or any of its restrictions or conditions, if they are directed to do so by the Secretary of State.

(7)A direction by the Secretary of State under this section may be given either generally in relation to all TV licences (or all TV licences of a particular description) or in relation to a particular licence.

(8)A notice under subsection (5)(a) must be given—

(a)in the manner specified in the licence; or

(b)if no manner of service is so specified, in the manner authorised by section 394.

(9)For the purposes of the application, in relation to the giving of such a notice, of—

(a)section 394; and

(b)section 7 of the Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30) (service by post) in its application for the purposes of that section,

a person’s proper address is any address where he is authorised by a TV licence to install or use a TV receiver or, if there is no such address, his last known address.

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