Press Notice: Digital Switchover

House of Lords Media Notice
Immediate Release
11 January 2010

LORDS COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE LAUNCHES NEW INQUIRY INTO DIGITAL SWITCHOVER

The House of Lords Communications Committee has today announced an inquiry into the progress of, and prospects for, digital switchover of both television and radio in the United Kingdom.

The Digital Switchover Programme, announced in 2005, will replace the UK's existing analogue television network with a fully digital television network between 2008 and 2012. The Committee are seeking evidence that will enable them to make an interim assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the switchover process, the Digital Switchover Help Scheme and how effective the public communications campaign has been.

The inquiry will also cover the development of arrangements for Digital Switchover for radio, including outstanding technical issues and the views of UK broadcasters and consumers.

Lord Fowler, Chairman of the Communications Committee, said:

"The move from analogue to digital networks is something that will affect us all. We want to assess how the television switchover process has worked in regions which have already 'gone digital', and how effective the help provided to consumers has been.

"Radio remains an important source of information and entertainment for many people. There are a number of issues to be resolved before radio switchover can take place. We shall examine the Government's plans and what needs to be done to meet the concerns of both broadcasters and consumers."

Notes to Editors

  1. The House of Lords Communications Committee was formed in May 2007 to consider issues relating to communications and the media.
  2. The Call for Evidence on the Committee's new inquiry into Digital Switchover can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/communications.cfm