Digital Broadcasting: Radio

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Chair, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 January 2010, Official Report, columns 420-21W, on digital broadcasting: radio, whether it is his policy that the date from which it is deemed that adequate notice has been given to the programme making and special events sector on the need to use different frequencies and to purchase alternative equipment should start only after the new frequencies have been promulgated and such frequencies are fully available for use.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Digital Britain) (also HM Treasury), Financial Secretary (HM Treasury) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

As the hon. Member is aware, Ofcom is responsible for the assignment of radio frequencies and is not obliged to find alternative frequencies when giving notice to vacate. However, Ofcom is working on finding alternative spectrum for PMSE users and has already identified channel 38 as a dedicated channel, and expects to announce further frequencies available on an interleaved basis from later this year.

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