4. International obligations.

Under broadcasting legislation, certain specified bodies must carry out any functions which the Secretary of State1 may by order direct them to carry out for the purpose of enabling the government to give effect to any international obligations of the United Kingdom2. The BBC and the Welsh Authority3 are currently specified for these purposes4.

A number of international obligations (including obligations under the EU Treaties5) to which the United Kingdom is subject are relevant to the domestic law of broadcasting, most notably the Audiovisual Media Services Directive6, which coordinates the EU regulation of all services with audiovisual content irrespective of