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(1)Section 224 of the Communications Act 2003 (initial expiry date for licences) is amended as follows.
(2)For subsection (1) (meaning of “initial expiry date”) substitute—
“(1)Subject to any postponement under this section, for the purposes of this Part the initial expiry date for the following types of licence is 31 December 2014—
(a)a licence to provide a Channel 3 service;
(b)a licence to provide Channel 5;
(c)the licence to provide the public teletext service.”
(3)In subsection (2) (power to postpone initial expiry date), at the end insert “ for one or more of the types of licence mentioned in subsection (1) ”.
(4)Omit subsection (3) (no postponement if digital switchover is to occur before 1 July 2013).
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