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Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II PROVISIONS RELATING TO AUTHORITY

Part III LICENSING SCHEME

Part IV BROADCASTING SERVICES

Part V BROADCASTING APPARATUS

Part VI FREQUENCY PLANNING

Part VII BROADCASTING CONDITIONS

Part VIII FOREIGN BROADCASTING SERVICES

Part IX DECLARED FOREIGN BROADCASTING SERVICES

Part X OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL OF BROADCASTING COMPANIES

Part XI OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

Part XII MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

FIRST SCHEDULE Broadcasting Apparatus

SECOND SCHEDULE Licensable Broadcasting Services

THIRD SCHEDULE Relevant Licensable Broadcasting Service

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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Broadcasting Act
(CHAPTER 28)

(Original Enactment: 15 of 1994)

REVISED EDITION 2012
(31st August 2012)
An Act to regulate dealing in, the operation of and ownership in broadcasting services and broadcasting apparatus, and for matters connected therewith.
[1st October 1994]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Broadcasting Act.
Interpretation
2.
—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“Authority” means the Media Development Authority of Singapore established under the Media Development Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 172);
“broadcasting apparatus” means any apparatus capable of or designed or constructed for the reception of any broadcasting service and specified in the First Schedule;
“broadcasting apparatus licence” means a licence granted under section 20 in respect of broadcasting apparatus, and “broadcasting apparatus licensee” shall be construed accordingly;
“broadcasting licence” means a licence granted under section 8 or 9 for the provision of a licensable broadcasting service, and “broadcasting licensee” shall be construed accordingly;
“broadcasting service” means a service whereby signs or signals transmitted, whether or not encrypted, comprise —
(a)
any programme capable of being received, or received and displayed, as visual images, whether moving or still;
(b)
any sound programme for reception; or
(c)
any programme, being a combination of both visual image (whether moving or still) and sound for reception or reception and display,
by persons having equipment appropriate for receiving, or receiving and displaying, as the case may be, that service, irrespective of the means of delivery of that service;
“Chairman” means the Chairman of the Authority and includes any temporary Chairman of the Authority;
“chief executive” means the chief executive of the Authority appointed under section 28 of the Media Development Authority of Singapore Act and includes any person acting in that capacity;
“class licence” means a licence determined under section 9 to be applicable to certain licensable broadcasting services, and “class licensee” shall be construed accordingly;
“Code of Practice” means a Code of Practice issued under this Act;
“debenture” includes debenture stock;
“dwelling-house” includes a hotel, inn, boarding house or other similar establishment;
“encrypted” means treated electronically or otherwise for the purpose of preventing intelligible reception;
“free-to-air broadcasting service” means a licensable broadcasting service made available for reception in not less than 2 dwelling-houses by broadcasting apparatus commonly available to the public without payment of a subscription fee;
“free-to-air licence” means a broadcasting licence granted under this Act for the operation of a free-to-air broadcasting service, and “free-to-air licensee” shall be construed accordingly;
“Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore” means the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore established under section 3 of the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 137A);
“licence” means a licence granted under any provision of this Act, and “licensee” shall be construed accordingly;
“licensable broadcasting service” means any broadcasting service specified in the Second Schedule;
“member” means a member of the Authority;
“programme”, in relation to a broadcasting service, means —
(a)
any matter the primary purpose of which is to entertain, educate or inform all or part of the public; or
(b)
any advertising or sponsorship matter, whether or not of a commercial kind,
but does not include any matter that is wholly related to or connected with any private communication, that is to say —
(i)
any communication between 2 or more persons that is of a private or domestic nature;
(ii)
any internal communication of a business, Government agency or other organisation for the purpose of the operation of the business, agency or organisation; and
(iii)
communications in such other circumstances as may be prescribed;
“regulations” means regulations made under this Act;
“securities”, in relation to a company, includes shares, debentures, bonds and other securities of the company, whether or not constituting a charge on the assets of the company;
“shares”, in relation to a company, means shares in, or stock forming part of, the capital of the company;
“subscription broadcasting service” means a licensable broadcasting service made available to the audience for whom it is intended only upon the payment of a subscription fee;
“subscription fee” means any form of consideration.
[41/99; 19/2002; 34/2002]
(2)  For the purposes of this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, “part of the public” includes residents in a particular place, employees of any firm, company or organisation, occupiers of a particular building or part thereof and members of any profession, club or society.
(3)  For the purposes of this Act, a company shall be regarded as wholly owned by the Government at any time when all the issued shares in the company are held by or on behalf of the Government.