Broadcasting Authority Act, 1960

Functions of Authority generally.

16.—(1) The Authority shall establish and maintain a national television and sound broadcasting service and shall have all such powers as are necessary for or incidental to that purpose.

(2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) of this section, the Authority shall have the following powers:

(a) to establish, maintain and operate broadcasting stations and to acquire, install and operate apparatus for wireless telegraphy;

(b) to provide, by arrangements made for the purpose with the Minister and any other person, for the distribution, by means of relaying, of programmes broadcast by the Authority;

(c) to originate programmes and procure programmes from any source;

(d) to make contracts, agreements and arrangements incidental or conducive to the objects of the Authority;

(e) to acquire and make use of copyrights, patents, licences, privileges and concessions;

(f) to collect news and information and to subscribe to news services and such other services as may be conducive to the objects of the Authority;

(g) to subscribe to such international associations, and to such educational, musical and dramatic bodies and such other bodies promoting entertainment or culture, as may be conducive to the objects of the Authority;

(h) to arrange with other broadcasting authorities for the receipt, exchange and relay of programmes;

(i) to organise, provide and subsidise concerts and other entertainments in connection with the broadcasting service or for any purpose incidental thereto and, in relation to any such concert or entertainment, to provide or procure accommodation and, if desired, to make charges for admission;

(j) subject to the consent of the Minister, to prepare, publish and distribute, with or without charge, such magazines, books, papers and other printed matter as may seem to the Authority to be conducive or incidental to its objects;

(k) subject to the consent of the Minister, to compile, publish, distribute, sell and exchange recorded aural and visual material.

(3) (a) The powers conferred on the Authority by virtue of paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (2) of this section shall not be exercised save under licence issued by the Minister and in accordance with any conditions attached by the Minister to such licences.

(b) During any emergency declared under section 10 of the Act of 1926, the Minister may suspend any licence under this subsection and, while any such suspension continues, the Minister may operate any service which was provided by the Authority under the suspended licence.

(c) A copy of every licence under this subsection shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after the issue of the licence.