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Digital Broadcasting: Broadcasting Reception

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of households which are capable of receiving a high quality and reliable analogue television signal but will not be capable of receiving a fully reliable digital television signal after digital switchover in (a) Argyll and Bute, (b) the STV region and (c) the UK. (152466)

[holding answer 24 July 2007]: At the time of switchover (which will be in 2010 for the STV region) digital terrestrial coverage across the whole of the UK should substantially match that which the present analogue service achieves—that is, 98.5 per cent. of households. Although we do not have information on coverage for individual constituencies, Ofcom estimates that around 97 per cent. of households in the STV North region and around 99.4 per cent. in STV Central region will be capable of receiving a high quality and robust signal after digital switchover. Unfortunately, estimates of analogue coverage are not available.