359. Introduction and overview.

In common with other industry sectors, structural changes in the broadcasting sector are primarily governed by competition law1, with the particular proviso in the communications sector (which embraces more than broadcasting) that the promotion of competition plays a role, where appropriate, in Ofcom's principal duty to further the interests of consumers in relevant markets and to further the interests of citizens in relation to communications matters generally2.

The particular regulatory controls on changes to the structure of the broadcasting industry include: (1) licence conditions that require prior notification of any proposals to transfer the holding of independent television and local