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Quotas for Independent radio productions

 "   (1)   It shall be the duty of the BBC to secure that, in each year, not less than 25 per cent of the total annual budget allocated to the production and acquisition of qualifying programmes included in the radio broadcasting services provided by the BBC and not less than 25 per cent of the total amount of time allocated to the broadcasting of qualifying programmes included in the radio broadcasting services of the BBC is allocated to the broadcasting of a range and diversity of independent productions.
(2)      In subparagraph (1)—
(a)  a reference to qualifying programmes is a reference to programmes of such description as the Secretary of State may by order specify as describing the programmes that are to be qualifying programmes for the purposes of this paragraph;
(b)  the reference to independent productions is a reference to programmes of such description as the Secretary of State may by order specify as describing the programmes that are to be independent productions for the purposes of this paragraph; and
(c)  a reference to a range of independent productions is a reference to a range of programmes in terms of cost of acquisition as well as in terms of the types of programme involved.
(d)  the reference to the total annual budget is a reference to a budget of such description as the Secretary of State may by order specify as a description of the budget that she considers should be the budget for the purposes of that subsection"
(3)      After consultation with OFCOM, the Secretary of State may by order amend subparagraph (1) by substituting a different percentage for the percentage for the time being specified in that subparagraph.
(4)      OFCOM shall, in each relevant period, make a report to the Secretary of State on the extent to which the BBC have performed their duty under subparagaph (1) above in that period."
 

Clause 344

 

THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE

Page 301, line 13, leave out from beginning to "in" in line 14 and insert—
"(ii)  is involved, to a substantial extent, in the provision of the programmes included"
Page 301, line 15, leave out "to be likely to be" and insert "is likely to become"
 

Clause 346

 

THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE

Page 303, line 34, leave out from beginning to "in" in line 35 and insert—
"(ii)  is involved, to a substantial extent, in the provision of the programmes included"
Page 303, line 36, leave out "to be likely to be" and insert "is likely to become"
 

Clause 348

 

THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE

Page 305, line 20, leave out from beginning to "in" in line 21 and insert—
"(ii)  is involved, to a substantial extent, in the provision of the programmes included"
Page 305, line 22, leave out "to be likely to be" and insert "is likely to become"
 

Clause 351

 

THE BARONESS WHITAKER

Page 308, line 18, at end insert—
"(1)  The extent to which news and current affairs programmes included during the period are serving all groups within the community and such internal and national coverage is relevant to their interests."
 

Clause 352

 

THE LORD McNALLY
THE BARONESS WALMSLEY

Leave out Clause 352 and insert the following new Clause—
  "Grants to community media
(1)  OFCOM shall make such payments as they consider appropriate to the credit of a fund established under this section, to be known as the Community Media Fund.
(2)  The Fund shall be under the management of a body established for the purposes of this section, which shall be called the Community Media Foundation.
(3)  The Community Media Foundation shall consist of—
(a)  a chairman appointed by OFCOM, and
(b)  such number of other members appointed by OFCOM, not being less than four nor more than eight, as they may from time to time determine.
(4)  The Fund may be applied by the Foundation in the making of grants for—
(a)  the establishment and development of community media,
(b)  the making of programmes to be carried by community media,
(c)  the training of persons connected with community media;
(d)  the provision of support services to community media, and
(e)  other related purposes.
(5)  When making any grant out of the Fund in pursuance of subsection (4) the Foundation may impose such conditions as they think fit, including conditions requiring the grant to be repaid in certain circumstances.
(6)  The Foundation shall perform their functions under this section with respect to the making of grants out of the Fund in such manner as they consider will secure a range and diversity of community media throughout the United Kingdom taking account of the greater need of areas and localities which are economically disadvantaged.
(7)  OFCOM shall so exercise their power under subsection (3) to appoint the members of the Foundation as to secure that a majority of the members are persons who appear to them to represent a broad range of knowledge and experience of community media.
(8)  In this section—
 "community media" means communications services provided primarily for the benefit of members of the public in a defined geographical locality or in a particular community and not operated by the BBC or for commercial purposes.
(9)  In subsection (8)—
 "communications services" includes—
(a)  radio and television broadcasting;
(b)  electronic communications networks and services; and
(c)  content services carried by services falling within paragraphs (a) or (b)."
 

Schedule 15

 

THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE

Page 440, line 19, leave out "In"
Page 440, line 20, after "licence)" insert "shall be amended as follows.
(2)"      
Page 440, line 21, at end insert—
"(3)      In subsection (2), in the definition of "associated programme provider", for the words from "appears" to "inclusion" there shall be substituted "is or is likely to be involved, to a substantial extent, in the provision of the programmes included"
Page 450, line 12, after "interpretation)" insert—
"(a)  in the definition of "associated programme provider", for the words from "appears" to "inclusion" there shall be substituted "is or is likely to be involved, to a substantial extent, in the provision of the programmes included"; and
(b)  in the words after the definition of "the relevant period","
 

Clause 386

 

THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE

Page 335, line 8, at end insert "of the United Kingdom"
 

Schedule 19

 

THE BARONESS BLACKSTONE

Page 567, leave out lines 43 and 44
Page 569, line 25, at end insert—
  "European Parliament (Representation) Act 2003(c. 00)In section 12(4), in the definition of "programme services", the words from "(including" to "local delivery services"."

 
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