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Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Act 2017

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After section 258 of the Communications Act 2003 insert—

258ASmall-scale radio multiplex services

(1)The Secretary of State may by order make provision about radio multiplex services that are provided for particular areas or localities in the United Kingdom and are of a description specified by the order (“small-scale radio multiplex services”).

(2)An order under this section describing a small-scale radio multiplex service may make provision by reference to the size of the area or locality in relation to which such a service may be provided.

(3)An order under this section may provide for—

(a)any provision of Part 2 of the 1996 Act, and

(b)any provision of this Part (apart from this section and the provisions relating exclusively to sound broadcasting services or television services),

to have effect in relation to small-scale radio multiplex services with such modifications as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(4)An order under this section may in particular—

(a)provide for the duration of a small-scale radio multiplex licence to be determined by OFCOM, within limits specified in the order;

(b)make provision as to eligibility to hold a small-scale radio multiplex licence, including provision disqualifying persons who have an interest in a national or local radio multiplex service;

(c)require small-scale radio multiplex services to be provided on a non-commercial basis;

(d)provide for OFCOM to have regard to the effect of awarding a small-scale radio multiplex licence on holders of local radio multiplex licences;

(e)provide for capacity on a small-scale radio multiplex service to be reserved for broadcasting services of a description set out in an order under section 262;

(f)make provision about the amount of capacity that may be so reserved;

(g)make provision about the services broadcast by means of a small-scale radio multiplex service, including provision about broadcasting services licensed by local digital sound programme licences or services of a description set out in an order under section 262.

(5)The power, by order under this section, to make different provision for different cases includes power to make different provision depending on—

(a)whether or not, at a particular time, an area or locality is to a significant extent within the coverage area of one or more local radio multiplex services, and

(b)the size of the coverage area of that local radio multiplex service or those local radio multiplex services.

(6)The power, by order under this section, to make incidental, supplemental or consequential provision includes power to make incidental, supplemental or consequential provision modifying provisions of the 1996 Act or this Act not mentioned in subsection (3).

(7)In this section “small-scale radio multiplex licence” means a licence to provide a small-scale radio multiplex service.

(8)No order is to be made containing provision authorised by this section unless a draft of the order has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.

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