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Communication Act 2003
Communication act 2003

This Act followed the White Paper A New Future For Communications (DTI and DCMS 200), and received royal assent on 17 July 2003 (http://www.culture.gov.uk/broadcasting). The Act reflects successive governments' policy commitment to deregulation of both programme contents and media ownership which has been evident since the Peacock Committee report in 1986 (Franklin, 2001: 53–9). It is a complex piece of legislation divided into five parts and 411 sections.

The Act makes a number of specific provisions. Undoubtedly most significant is the recommendation to establish a new Office of Communications (Ofcom), operational since 15 December 2003, which assumes the regulatory responsibilities of the previous five regulators: the Independent Television Commission (ITC), the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel), the Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC), the ...

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