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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th September 2004.

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Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2:30 pm, 13th September 2004

With great respect, that question was nonsense. There is no question of abandoning SwitchCo or walking away from the money. The broadcasters are considering the timetable and costs of converting the transmission network from analogue to digital. The Government are clear that digital switch-over will take place on a basis that guarantees universal access to people who currently receive analogue. We expect the principal technology to be through digital terrestrial television, but satellite and cable will also have an important role. We expect the broadcasters to bear the major costs, principally of upgrading the transmission network, of achieving the switch-over.