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Ofcom not persuaded by the case for Freeview HD

July 6th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Broadcast regulator Ofcom has categorically rejected calls to turn over a portion of the TV spectrum to terrestrial HD, when the analogue TV network shuts down in 2012. Ofcom chief Ed Richards told a broadcasting conference: “We are not yet persuaded by the case, argued predominantly by the ‘High Definition for All’ campaign, that the best and only way to maximise the economic and social benefit of the spectrum released by digital switchover is simply to gift some or all of it to the broadcasters for high definition broadcasts for free.”
Richards maintained that advice Ofcom has received which suggests that existing Freeview spectrum can be used to offer was sound. Critics have countered that Ofcom has simply not understood the data put before it.
It now looks increasingly likely that the entire available TV spectrum will be put up to auction, with the likely outcome that it will be obtained by a telecoms operator.

Tags: Broadcasting · Trade

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  • 1 Martin Holland // Jul 6, 2007 at 10:34 am

    It seems as if Ofcom are viewing the radio spectrum as their personal property to be sold to the highest bidder. The radio spectrum is held by the government in trust for us the voters and tax payers. If we decide that the spectrum is to be allocated to the broadcasters we want, and forgo the revenue, then that is a decision for us. I would personally be happy to give most of the spectrum to our public service broadcasters (BBC, C4 etc.) rather than allow the Murdock empire to expand, selling us what is rightfully ours already.

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