Rights and responsibilities
As Ofcom prepares to start work, Mark Thomson examines a significant flaw in the legislation that created it
The Communications Bill is due to come into force next year. OFCOM, a single statutory regulator, will take responsibility for all broadcast regulatory functions. The paving act, The Office of Communications Act 2002, is already in force. Power will be removed from existing regulators – ITC, BSC, Radio Authority, Radio Communications Agency and Oftel – and handed to OFCOM.
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