20 December 2006
Final oral evidence session
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hold its final oral evidence session on Analogue Switch-Off in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House on Tuesday 10 January 2006 at 11.00am.
The witnesses will be:
James Purnell MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Minister of State for Industry and the Regions, Department of Trade and Industry
The inquiry was announced on 19 July 2005. Evidence was invited on the following issues:
· The policy objectives and economic benefits of digital switchover, and the relative roles of the different platforms in the delivery of digital television;
· The feasibility of, and the steps needed towards achieving switchover to the Government’s timetable and with sufficient geographical coverage;
· The costs associated with the digital switchover process and how these are to be met;
· The protection of vulnerable groups in terms of financial and practical assistance.