Broadcasting Authority (Amendment) Act, 1976

Regulation of local programmes for distribution on cable systems.

17.—The Act of 1926 is hereby amended by the insertion of the following section after section 3 :

“3A.—(1) The Minister may by order fix a day to be the appointed day for the purposes of this section, and the day so fixed is in this section subsequently referred to as the appointed day.

(2) On and after the appointed day a person shall not provide or distribute, otherwise than pursuant to and in accordance with a licence granted by the Minister under this section, for ultimate reception, through the agency of electric, magnetic, electro-magnetic, electro-chemical or electro-mechanical energy, on,

(a) apparatus for wireless telegraphy for receiving only sound and visual images, or

(b) apparatus for wireless telegraphy for receiving only sound,

any local programme matter.

(3) A person who provides or distributes local programme matter contrary to subsection (2) of this section shall be guilty of an offence.

(4) Where local programme matter is distributed or provided contrary to subsection (2) of this section, the person who directed or produced, or who was in overall control or otherwise in charge of, the local programme matter shall be guilty of an offence.

(5) A person who is guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.

(6) In this section—

‘local programme matter’ means any programme matter which—

(a) serves either by means of visual images with or without sounds, or only by means of sounds to inform persons of anything or to educate or entertain them, and

(b) is conveyed by wire from or through a station to service points, and

(c) is not transmitted, relayed or distributed solely by wireless telegraphy;

‘service points’ means points in a premises or part of a premises which are connected by wire to a station and to which programme matter is conveyed by the wire for reception on wireless telegraphy apparatus in the possession of the occupier of the premises or part;

‘station’ means any apparatus (including wireless telegraphy apparatus) used to relay programme matter to service points.”.