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DTG's statement on today's DCMS White Paper '‘A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction’

12 May 2016, London -- The DTG welcomes today’s White Paper from DCMS ‘A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction’. We applaud the long term charter which offers stability for the industry and certainty for the consumer.

The DTG recommended a Technology Advisory Board in its submission. This would provide expert insight into the long-term technology issues facing the industry, and we welcome the reference to it in the White Paper. The DTG has pioneering industry collaboration in Ultra High Definition (UHD) with the UK UHD Forum, and we note the White Paper’s recognition of the role the BBC has played with partners, such as the DTG, in the development of such standards.

The White Paper encourages the BBC to improve collaboration with others in technology, and the DTG looks forward to supporting the Corporation as it does so.

Richard Lindsay-Davis, CEO of the DTG, said today: “The BBC helped create the DTG in 1995. And as a long term industry partner we look forward to constructively working with the Corporation as it continues to innovate in technology. This is clearly in the interest of the consumer and the digital television industry.”

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Lindsay Spencer, Head of Communications - pr@dtg.org.uk - +44 (0) 20 7840 6500

About the DTG

The DTG is the non-profit UK collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, reaching industry, government, academia and international partners, set up with the purpose of looking after the digital TV marketplace. It underpins the free-to-air platforms Freeview, Freesat and YouView, and supporting the development of Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk.

It has been central to the distribution of TV in the UK for nearly two decades through the collaborative development of industry standards and best practice, and is currently embracing the convergence of content and networks across industries to focus on the efficient delivery of video to all screens - mobile, tablet and TV - in all formats: standard, high and ultra high definitions.

The DTG supports the next generation of digital TV and related technologies through its work in the delivery of video to mobile devices, television on tablets, spectrum coexistence management, TV white space, home networking, connected TV, accessibility, and the UK UHD Forum.

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