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Radio Spectrum

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of radio spectrum usage by the programme making and special events industry in the last five years for which figures are available; what estimate she has made of future usage; what the consequences of the changeover to digital broadcasting are likely to be for that usage; and if she will make a statement. (99357)

Ofcom manage the spectrum used for Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE), which is currently licensed by JFMG who have a contract with Ofcom which runs until 2008.

Ofcom announced on 17 November 2005 the beginning of the Digital Dividend Review (DDR) project to examine the options arising from the release of spectrum afforded by the digital switchover programme. The DDR project also includes consideration of the spectrum currently being used by the PMSE users. Ofcom is planning to issue a consultation on the Digital Dividend Review by the end 2006.