2020 CHAPTER 21An Act to make new provision on digital television broadcasting, and to amend the Broadcasting Act, 1996 and the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 2006 for that purpose.
Gorban Smiljić mp
|First reading||2020 July 27|
|Royal assent||2020 November 14|
|Affected legislation||Broadcasting Act 1996 (c. 55)
Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (c. 36)
Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
- This Bill decrees to amend the Broadcasting Act, 1996, for the Office of Communications to amend its Code on Sports and Other Designated Events to suit the modern needs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
2 Amendments to existing acts
- This Bill seeks to amend Section 2.11 of the Communications Act, 2003, so as to decree that:
- Ofcom must be allowed to investigate if communications are used in a misleading way by television broadcasters with an Ofcom licence, and FM, AM and DAB radio station broadcasters, even if Ofcom does not receive a complaint.
- This Bill seeks to amend the Broadcasting Act, 1996 to disallow the British Broadcasting Corporation, hereafter mentioned as the “BBC”, to cut its “BBC Red Button” service, and the Government is obliged by this Bill to support the BBC to ensure the BBC Red Button service stays afloat until at least the next BBC Royal Charter.
3 Broadcasting Act, 2020 amendments to the Ofcom Code for Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events
- This Bill seeks to add the below sporting events to “Category A” of the Ofcom Code for Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events:
- All matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
- All matches of the Rugby World Cup.
- Test matches of the England Cricket Team.
- The Six Nations rugby tournament.
- The UEFA European Women’s Championship.
- The Commonwealth Games.
- The FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- European Qualifiers matches, both home and away, regarding the Home Nations.
- The Women’s Six Nations rugby tournament.
- World Snooker Championship.
- The Masters (snooker).
- UEFA Nations League finals.
- UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
- UEFA Europa League semi-finals.
- NFL Super Bowl.
- This Bill seeks to add the below sporting events to “Category B” of the Ofcom Code for Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events:
- Formula 1 (qualification and Grand Prix).
- European Masters.
- International Championship (snooker).
- Premier League.
- UEFA Champions League (all matches except final and semi-finals).
- UEFA Europa League (all matches except final and semi-finals).
- This Bill shall also decree that sporting matches regarding the Home Nations shall always be on terrestrial television in the nations that are playing in the fixture.
4 Enactment and Extent
- This Bill extends mainly to the United Kingdom, however all parts of her Realm shall be included, including Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. =