229. Ofcom's duty to ensure content and character of local sound broadcasting services.

It is the duty of Ofcom1 to carry out its functions in relation to local sound broadcasting services2 in the manner that it considers is best calculated to secure: (1) that programmes3 consisting of or including local material4 are included in such services; and (2) that, where such programmes are included in such a service, what appears to Ofcom to be a suitable proportion of them consists of locally-made5 programmes6.

Ofcom must: (a) draw up guidance as to how it considers the requirements of heads (1) and (2) above should be satisfied; and (b) have regard to that guidance in