Digital Broadcasting

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered at on 22 February 2010.

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Photo of Janet Anderson Janet Anderson Labour, Rossendale and Darwen

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure that viewers in Rossendale and Darwen constituency are able to receive the full range of digital television channels.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The three public service broadcasting digital multiplexes, which carry around 15 channels including the public service broadcasting channels-BBC 1 and 2, ITV1, Channel 4 (S4C in Wales) and Five-should reach 98.5 per cent. of UK households after digital switchover. Services carried on the commercial multiplexes, which increase the number of channels available to around 40, are planned to reach 90 per cent. of UK households and any expansion of coverage is a commercial matter for the multiplex operators. In Granada these latter multiplexes reach around 97 per cent. of households.

For those who require more services, there are other options for receiving digital services via satellite or cable.

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