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Digital Coverage

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to increase digital coverage in rural areas. (81838)

The vast majority of households in rural areas can receive digital TV services via digital satellite, terrestrial or cable. Take-up of digital TV is 61 per cent. in rural areas. Digital switchover will happen across the whole country between 2008 and 2012 in the following order.

Rural Area

2008

Border

2009

West Country, HTV Wales, Granada

2010

HTV West, Grampian, Scottish Television

2011

Yorkshire, Anglia, Central

2012

Meridian, Carlton/LWT (London), Tyne Tees, Ulster.

After switchover UK digital terrestrial television coverage will match the current analogue coverage of 98.5 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the proposed date is for digital television switchover in each parliamentary constituency in the UK. (81104)

Digital switchover is being rolled out in relation to ITV regions and will happen between 2008 and 2012 in the following order:

ITV region

2008

Border

2009

West Country, HTV Wales, Granada

2010

HTV West, Grampian, Scottish Television

2011

Yorkshire, Anglia, Central

2012

Meridian, Carlton/LWT (London), Tyne Tees, Ulster

I will soon be writing to hon. Members to give them more details on switchover implementation.