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 what recent assessment he has made of (a) the availability of radio microphones and similar technologies that will be usable following the sale of digital dividend channels 31 to 37 and 61 to 69, (b) the market size for such technologies and (c) the price of such technologies relative to their existing equivalents; and if he will make a statement.

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)

The Department has made no assessment. The majority of wireless microphones tune to channel 69 and Ofcom has made channel 38 available as the replacement spectrum for this. Radio microphones are already available and are used in the interleaved spectrum which will still be available for programme making and special events use after digital switchover. Ofcom recently consulted on the amount of channel 69 equipment eligible for funding, but are unable to give a figure for equipment which is operating without a licence.

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