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Digital Broadcasting: Northern Ireland

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps have been taken to prepare Northern Ireland for digital switchover. (287476)

As digital switchover in Northern Ireland in 2012 draws closer, Digital UK will run a communication programme about switchover and what people can do to ensure that they receive digital television in the area covered by the Ulster TV region.

In respect of digital radio, we will be working with broadcasters and transmission providers in the coming months to consider how and when the coverage of digital audio broadcasting (DAB) will be extended and improved across all parts of the UK. We plan to deliver the digital radio upgrade programme by the end of 2015, as set out in the recently published Digital Britain White Paper, but the top-level principle of the programme is that it should not result in reduced access to radio services.