235. Award of national licence to person submitting highest cash bid.

235.     Award of national licence to person submitting highest cash bid.

Ofcom1 must, after considering all the cash bids2 submitted by the applicants3 for a national licence, award the licence to the applicant who submitted the highest bid4. If, however, in a case in which one or more of the applicants has made a proposal to provide a simulcast radio service corresponding to the service to be licensed (a 'simulcast applicant'), the highest cash bid is made by an applicant who is not a simulcast applicant, Ofcom may disregard the above requirement and award the licence to