346. Ofcom directions to holders of Broadcasting Act licences in response to Government requests.

If it appears to the Secretary of State1 or any other minister of the Crown2 to be appropriate to do so in connection with any of his functions, the Secretary of State or that minister may at any time by notice require Ofcom3 to give a direction to the holders of the Broadcasting Act licences4 specified in the notice to include an announcement so specified in their licensed services5. The direction may specify the times at which the announcement is to be broadcast or otherwise transmitted, and where the announcement relates to an emergency, including a natural disaster, must