Culture, Media and Sport

Session 2005-06

23 March 2006

Second Report

Analogue Switch-Off

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee will publish its Second Report, Analogue Switch-Off  (HC 650) at 00.01 hrs on Wednesday 29 March 2006.

 There will be a press conference to launch the Report in Committee Room 17 in the Main Building at the House of Commons, 11.00am on Wednesday 29 March.

Advance copies of the Report for witnesses to the inquiry and the media will be available from 12 noon on Tuesday 28 March under strict embargo from  the Reception at No.7 Millbank, and in the Press Gallery.

The report will also be available via the parliamentary website from 3pm on the day of publication.

The inquiry’s terms of reference were announced by press notice on 19 July 2005:

“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 2008-12.  The Committee is particularly interested in 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.”