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    B374 - Television Act 2011, TSR Government

    Television Act 2011


    An Act aiming to ensure the License Fee remains affordable, while ensuring Sports are available FTA on TV, and stopping OTA transmissions being payed for.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    (1) Terminology:
    (a) For the purposes of the bill:
    * FTA means Free to Air, which in this context is that the channel/programme is available without any encryption or any fees (excluding the License Fee)
    * OTA implies the Digital Terrestrial Service (DTT) (ie Freeview, Top Up TV, Sky Picnic)
    * To the extent of (4) - "OTA Broadcasting", Live FTA services are either pre-recorded or live programmes that are broadcast as part of a TV channel. A non-live FTA service would be an On-demand service such as Top Up TV On Demand.

    (2) The License Fee:
    (a) The License Fee must be reduced by 1% per annum until the rate of which the economy expands reaches 1% or above for more than 3 months.
    (b) After this occurs, the License fee may only be increased by the rate of which Inflation is set.
    (i) The fee may only be increased once every two years, during the April of that year.

    (3) Free to Air Sports:
    (a) In the relevant areas, the Broadcasting Act 1996, as amended by the Television Broadcasting Regulations 2000 and the Communications Act 2003, will be altered where appropriate to include:
    (i) The following sports must have first choice to be broadcast on an FTA channel/programme that is accessible to the vast majority of the populous of the United Kingdom:

    * Association football:
    FIFA World Cup finals (all matches)
    UEFA European Football Championship finals (all matches)
    4 Associations tournament
    FA Cup final
    FAI Cup final
    League of Ireland Cup final
    Scottish League Cup final
    Scottish Cup final
    Welsh Cup
    Welsh League Cup
    FAW Premier Cup

    Play-off matches for English leagues Step 2 to 5, Scottish League Division 1 to 3, the IFA Championship (when applicable), Welsh Leagues at Step 2
    Womens FIFA World Cup (all games)
    Womens UEFA European Football Championship finals (all games)
    All Home Nations international games

    * Horse racing:
    Grand National
    Epsom Derby

    * Rugby league:
    Challenge Cup final

    * Rugby union:
    World Cup finals
    English Premiership
    The Six Nations
    Heineken Cup
    Magners League
    Scottish Championship


    * Tennis:
    The Wimbledon Championships

    * Motor Racing:
    Formula 1
    GP2
    British Touring Car Championship
    Le Mans
    World Rally Championship

    * Multi-sport events/Athletics:
    Olympic Games (both Summer and Winter)
    IAAF World Championships
    The Commonwealth Games

    * Cricket (both the twenty/20 and the fifty-over versions):
    Test matches involving the Home Nations
    World Cup (the final, semi-finals, and any matches involving the Home Nations)

    * Golf:
    The Open
    Ryder Cup

    (ii) If there was not a FTA provider willing to broadcast any of the above events, then a Pay Broadcaster (ie Sky Sports) may request to broadcast this event via Ofcom. If at any point an FTA provider then wishes to broadcast any of the above they may share the rights until the Pay Broadcaster's contract runs out.

    (4) OTA broadcasting:
    (a) The Freeview Relay Transmitters are to be expanded to 6 mux transmitters, allowing the entire Relay Network to receive the full Freeview service.
    (b) It is to be targeted that after the Digital Switchover, the Freeview network is to be expanded further, with the aim of covering 99% of the UK.
    (c) Only live FTA services may be broadcasted OTA on DTT.
    (d) On demand services will still be allowed to be payed for, but must only take 5% of the entire Freeview mux capacity.

    (5) Commencement, short title and extent
    (a) This Act may be cited as the Television Act 2011
    (b) This Act shall come into force upon Royal Assent
    (c) This Act extends to Great Britain and Northern Ireland


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    Again, this bill fails to actually understand the four nations of the United Kingdom. If you are going to insist on having the Scottish Championship in rugby on free-to-air television, why not the semi-professional Welsh leagues? I mean, they are currently broadcast on S4C - would you not consider them still to be worthy of FTA broadcasting? Likewise, you forget that S4C, because it is a different language, carries with it a different remit in the same way as BBC Alba. This means that they are treated as "home broadcasters" and have first dibs on broadcasting matches in Welsh and Gaelic (respectively) which Sky sure as hell won't touch.

    The League of Ireland for football deals with the Republic of Ireland's football not the football that takes place in Northern Ireland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norther..._league_system

    Do some bloody research eh!
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    No. This sounds like one of the Bills that the Socialists submitted during their stage of submitting absolutely mental bills. People don't have a right to be able to watch Le Mans racing or The Magners League on FTA television any more than they have a right to eat Oreo biscuits.
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    I do not agree to this for the same reason as the fact we are still forced to pay for a socialist service.

    Have an opt-in where they send out the card (can be used as the top-up TV card too) to put in the TV (though the CI slot) and you may have me at a yes... although Le Mans as FTA?
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    This is insane. Why does the government think that a good use of people's money is on a load of sport they may well not want to watch? And why sport? What is it about sport that makes it more worthy of "protection" in this absurd way? Why not Eastenders? Why not nationalise Coronation Street? It's insane that the government should be legislating on this pettiness of ordinary preference.

    And, for what it's worth, inflation is not "set". And if you're waiting for 4% annualised growth, you're going to be waiting a while. Which is good, I'd love to see the turgid piece of crap that is the BBC sink and die.
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    This is literally not very good. Misses out random sports and events and just reduces competition for others. Big no from me.
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    No, quite simply. Every reason I have has been mentioned above.
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    (Original post by Adorno)
    Again, this bill fails to actually understand the four nations of the United Kingdom. If you are going to insist on having the Scottish Championship in rugby on free-to-air television, why not the semi-professional Welsh leagues? I mean, they are currently broadcast on S4C - would you not consider them still to be worthy of FTA broadcasting? Likewise, you forget that S4C, because it is a different language, carries with it a different remit in the same way as BBC Alba. This means that they are treated as "home broadcasters" and have first dibs on broadcasting matches in Welsh and Gaelic (respectively) which Sky sure as hell won't touch.

    The League of Ireland for football deals with the Republic of Ireland's football not the football that takes place in Northern Ireland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norther..._league_system

    Do some bloody research eh!
    My apologies Adorno again. I don't have much understanding of the Welsh Rugby System, but its a case of the Scottish Championship is better known, plus I thought the magners league counted in the case of wales....

    My mistake, with ROI and NI.
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    (Original post by Afcwimbledon2)
    My apologies Adorno again. I don't have much understanding of the Welsh Rugby System, but its a case of the Scottish Championship is better known, plus I thought the magners league counted in the case of wales....

    My mistake, with ROI and NI.
    The bill is a mess and you haven't responded to my points with regard to S4C and BBC Alba either. This bill makes the assumption that all FTA sport in Britain is broadcast in the English language, it most assuredly isn't.
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    (Original post by Adorno)
    The bill is a mess and you haven't responded to my points with regard to S4C and BBC Alba either. This bill makes the assumption that all FTA sport in Britain is broadcast in the English language, it most assuredly isn't.
    This bill is a mess for a huge number of reasons. The fact it misses out semi-professional Welsh rugby from the list of FTA sports is right at the very bottom of that list.
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    (Original post by Norfolkadam)
    This bill is a mess for a huge number of reasons. The fact it misses out semi-professional Welsh rugby from the list of FTA sports is right at the very bottom of that list.
    Well I largely agree with the need for there to be some FTA sport on television so my interest is not in shooting down the bill but actually improving it from the perspective of maintaining FTA sport. You disagree with that, what with being an anarchist (oh sorry Libertarian), but that's your beef not mine.
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    (Original post by Adorno)
    Well I largely agree with the need for there to be some FTA sport on television so my interest is not in shooting down the bill but actually improving it from the perspective of maintaining FTA sport. You disagree with that, what with being an anarchist (oh sorry Libertarian), but that's your beef not mine.
    I'm not an anarchist, not by a long shot. It's quite unusual to accuse me of being an anarchist because I don't think the government should be legislating what channel the Ryder Cup is shown on.
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    (Original post by Norfolkadam)
    I'm not an anarchist, not by a long shot. It's quite unusual to accuse me of being an anarchist because I don't think the government should be legislating what channel the Ryder Cup is shown on.
    The Ryder Cup can bugger off.
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    Still a no on this.
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    (Original post by Norfolkadam)
    I'm not an anarchist, not by a long shot. It's quite unusual to accuse me of being an anarchist because I don't think the government should be legislating what channel the Ryder Cup is shown on.
    The Ryder Cup coverage on Sky far outpaced that of the BBC, it was breath taking and the presenters knew what they were talking about

    This is the issue with making sports FTA when you don't even know if the presenters know the game well enough to present it.
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    (Original post by Adorno)
    The Ryder Cup can bugger off.
    And thus you've shown the underlying problem with at least one part of this bill. I don't give two flying hags about Welsh rugby but I want to watch Test Matches. The government shouldn't be wasting its time drawing up a list of sports deemed to be nationally important.

    If it wants to do anything it should give the BBC / Channel 4 the budget it needs to be able to bid for these sports or it should scrap the license fee and introduce commerical television.
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    (Original post by Norfolkadam)
    And thus you've shown the underlying problem with at least one part of this bill. I don't give two flying hags about Welsh rugby but I want to watch Test Matches. The government shouldn't be wasting its time drawing up a list of sports deemed to be nationally important.

    If it wants to do anything it should give the BBC / Channel 4 the budget it needs to be able to bid for these sports or it should scrap the license fee and introduce commerical television.
    Well personally I wouldn't bother having semi-pro rugby from Scotland, Ireland, England, or Wales on the television but asked the question because of the glaring disparity in offerings between the various parts of the UK. If the Scottish championship (which is largely put out on BBC Alba in Gaelic) is there why not the Welsh championship (which is largely put out on S4C in Welsh)? Mentioning one merits mentioning the other and since the Bill fails to deal with FTA sport broadcast in the other languages that exist in the UK, I daresay the bill's author shares your "flying hags" attitude.
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    (Original post by Adorno)
    Well personally I wouldn't bother having semi-pro rugby from Scotland, Ireland, England, or Wales on the television but asked the question because of the glaring disparity in offerings between the various parts of the UK. If the Scottish championship (which is largely put out on BBC Alba in Gaelic) is there why not the Welsh championship (which is largely put out on S4C in Welsh)? Mentioning one merits mentioning the other and since the Bill fails to deal with FTA sport broadcast in the other languages that exist in the UK, I daresay the bill's author shares your "flying hags" attitude.
    So you basically agree with my point then? That a list of nationally important sports will always be too subjective or too long. I really like lacrosse but I don't see lacrosse on there or women's football or roller derby or track cycling or a hundred and one other sports.
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    (Original post by Norfolkadam)
    So you basically agree with my point then? That a list of nationally important sports will always be too subjective or too long. I really like lacrosse but I don't see lacrosse on there or women's football or roller derby or track cycling or a hundred and one other sports.
    Or you agreed with mine, whichever. There's lots of women's football on the list... and both the Olympics and Commonwealth Games include track cycling along with a number of other sports not mentioned individually. As an aside.
 
 
 
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