5. The general scope of Ofcom's role.

The Office of Communications ('Ofcom')1 is responsible for the protection and management of the United Kingdom's electromagnetic spectrum2, and is the UK's regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications3, and postal industries4. Ofcom has power to make rules and regulations under both the Wireless Telegraphy Act 20065 and the Communications Act 20036.

The establishment of Ofcom, its main statutory duties and regulatory principles, and its role in relation to other areas of competence, are discussed in detail elsewhere in the work7, but this title considers the key role that Ofcom plays in the regulatory framework for broadcasting8, particularly the