Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Session 2005-06

30 November 2005

Further oral evidence sessions

Analogue Switch-Off

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hold its third oral evidence session on Analogue Switch-Off in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House on Tuesday 6 December at 10.30am, and  also Tuesday 13 December at 10.30am.  The witnesses will be:

Tuesday 6 December 2005
At 10.30am                ITV
At about 11.15am    Channel 4,    S4C
At about 12 noon       Five

Tuesday 13 December 2005
At 10.30am                 Ofcom
At approx 11.30am     Digital UK

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.

Further evidence sessions will be announced in due course.