'DTV switch certainty essential'

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UK high-tech trade association Intellect has voiced concern over what it regards as "continued lack of certainty" over the timetable for digital switch-over and urged the government to commit itself to a firm agenda as soon as possible.

While welcoming culture secretary Tessa Jowell's parliamentary statement yesterday on the proposed timetable, which moved the date for final analogue switch-off back by two years to 2012, the association said it was vital for electronics manufacturers to have a firm and final date in order to allow adequate planning time.

Laurence Harrison, Intellect's director of consumer electronics, said:

"If the switching sequence begins, as suggested, in 2007, this will provide stakeholders with two years in which to complete preparations for the start of the switchover sequence.

"It is therefore imperative that Government makes a firm commitment on the digital switchover timetable and makes a public decision as quickly as possible, allowing adequate planning to take place within the total supply chain."

He added:

"Digital inclusion has long been an integral part of the Government's social inclusion policy and DTV switchover will enable the full benefits of digital broadcasting to be realised by all consumers. It is for this reason Intellect maintains its belief that Government must retain ownership of the project going forward."

Lovelacemedia  |  23.07.2004

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