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  OFCOM - Ofcom process for Channel 3 and 5 licence renewal

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Office of Communications
21 November 2012


21 November 2012



                   Ofcom sets out process for ITV, STV, UTV

                        and Channel 5 licence renewal



Ofcom today sets out the next steps for the licence renewal of ITV, STV, UTV
and Channel 5, following the announcement from Maria Miller, Secretary of
State for Culture, Media and Sport, on the future licensing arrangements.



Maria Miller has today written to Ofcom to say she does not intend to block
the renewal of the current licences for the Channel 3 services (ITV, STV and
UTV) and Channel 5.



This means that Ofcom can now work towards issuing new 10-year licences ahead
of the expiration of the current licences at the end of 2014.



However, the Secretary of State has also indicated that she is willing to
extend the Channel 3 and 5 licences for a period of one year at Ofcom's
request in the event that Ofcom is unable to reach renewal settlements before
the required date.



Following the Secretary of State's decision, Ofcom now sets out the next steps
in the licence renewal process:



· Ofcom will hold a consultation on the process for renewal and Channel 3
and Channel 5's obligations for the next licence period, including the Channel
3 licensees' proposed amendments to their current regional commitments.

· Ofcom will carry out an assessment of the financial terms on which the
new licences should be offered with a view to publishing a statement in summer
2013.



Under section 229 of the Communications Act (2003), Ofcom is required to
prepare a report for the Secretary of State on the effect of licence
conditions and other arrangements on the capacity of the existing Channel 3
and Channel 5 licence holders to "contribute, in the next licensing period, to
the fulfilment of the purposes of public service television broadcasting in
the United Kingdom at a cost to the licence holders that is commercially
sustainable".



Ofcom submitted its report to the Secretary of State in May 2012, which can be
found here: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/broadcasting/tv/c3-c5-licensing



NOTES FOR EDITORS



1. Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK
communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio,
telecommunications, wireless communications and postal services.



2. For further information about Ofcom please visit: www.ofcom.org.uk.
Ofcom's news releases can be found at: http://media.ofcom.org.uk/





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