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Public Service Broadcasting

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the obligations of the public service broadcasters in respect of television text services. (165288)

Teletext is the commercial public service broadcaster which is required under the terms of its licence to make a text service available, currently in both analogue and digital formats. The holder of the Channel 3 licence, Channel 4 and the Welsh Authority are currently required to grant access to the analogue public teletext provider to the facilities reasonably required for the purposes of the provision of that service. Under its Charter and Agreement, the BBC has currently undertaken to provide analogue Ceefax. The analogue Teletext service and BBC Ceefax will not be available after digital switchover but I understand that digital Teletext and a digital BBC text service will be.