Digital Broadcasting

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Chair, Trade & Industry Committee, Chair, Trade & Industry Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what powers are available to the Government to ensure high definition television broadcasting is available free to air on digital terrestrial television.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Creative Industries & Tourism)

The broadcasting of high definition services and the acquisition of any additional spectrum necessary for their introduction, are matters for the broadcasters. Spectrum allocation is the responsibility of Ofcom, subject to a power of direction by the Secretary of State.

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