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Scotland Act 2012

Section 17: Exercise of functions relating to Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig

59.Sections 183 and 183A of the Broadcasting Act 1990 (“the 1990 Act”), as amended by sections 208 and 209 of the Communications Act 2003, make provision in relation to Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig or the Gaelic Media Service. The operating name of the body is MG Alba.

60.Subsection (2) substitutes section 183(1) of the 1990 Act with the effect that Scottish Ministers, rather than the Secretary of State, must, for each financial year, pay to OFCOM such amount as they may determine to be appropriate for the purposes of paying into the Gaelic Broadcasting Fund. OFCOM are the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries.

61.Subsection (5) amends section 183A(4) of the 1990 Act to require OFCOM to seek the approval of the Scottish Ministers as well as the Secretary of State before making appointments of members of the Gaelic Media Service and for the appointment of a member as the chairman of the Service.

62.Subsection (6) amends section 183A(6)(b) of the 1990 Act so that any guidance issued by the Secretary of State to OFCOM in relation to the appointment of members must have the agreement of the Scottish Ministers.

63.The remaining subsections of the section make consequential provision in relation to the transfer of funding of MG Alba to Scottish Ministers following the Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/1750).

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