Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Session 2005-06

19 July 2005

New inquiry:

Analogue switch-off

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has decided to inquire into the Government's proposals to switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts over the period 2008-2012.

The Committee is particularly interested in receiving evidence 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.

Written submissions are invited from any interested organisation or individual by Thursday 29 September 2005. Please forward written submissions by email to or send, by post, to House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA