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Digital Broadcasting

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what spectrum bands will be available for Programme Making and Special Events use following the switchover to digital television broadcasting; and if he will make a statement; (153652)

(2) when he expects Ofcom to provide the programme making and special events sector with the digital switchover map; and if he will make a statement.

Ofcom’s consultation of 20 June 2007 on PMSE issues arising from the Digital Switchover (DSO), made proposals that would ensure access for the PMSE sector to the spectrum that will be interleaved with Digital Terrestrial Television after DSO. Although no decisions will be made until later in the year, Ofcom will provide as much information as possible on the frequencies that will make up this Digital Interleaved Spectrum as soon as it is available.