Digital Switchover (North-East Wales)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:13 am on 14th June 2006.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda 11:13 am, 14th June 2006

Yes, everybody wants to go digital in Rhondda because they want to watch Channel 4 instead of—or at least as well as—S4C, and they want to watch some decent rugby. The way in which the Government have structured broadcasting in the UK and broadcasters have managed to attract rights is deliberately geared towards making people go in that direction. However, the difficulty is that the only way to go digital in Rhondda is by paying money to Sky. I can count the dishes outside the houses in Rhondda to find out how many have gone digital. The problem is that people have been waiting for some time for a freesat service from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. I hope that the Minister will bash some of those broadcasters' heads together to provide a non-Sky freesat option as soon as possible, so that people in Rhondda have some choice.