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DTG Response to Secretary of State's Statement on the draft BBC Charter & Framework Agreement

15 September 2016, London -- The DTG welcomes the Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP’s statement. The BBC is indeed ‘one of this country’s greatest achievements and greatest treasures’ and the new BBC Board needs to retain this distinctive heritage while evolving into an open and transparent organisation reflecting the whole of the UK.

We applaud the comment that ‘obligations for the BBC to consider both the negative and the positive market impacts of their activities are set out in the Charter’ and in particular the recognition that ‘the BBC is obliged to work closely with others and share its knowledge, research and expertise for the wider public benefit.’

Richard Lindsay-Davies, the CEO of the DTG said: “The BBC has worked with partners such as the DTG for many years to develop and universally deploy our industry technical standard, the D-Book, and we look forward to continuing our work with the Corporation as it innovates in technology. We will always provide expert insight into the long-term technology issues facing the industry— TV and its distribution are being democratised and the interests of Consumers and the industry in many ways are converging. Some of the best innovations are, and will continue to come from, the Consumer as much as from industry. Of course our biggest challenge will be to sustain the quality and scale provided by broadcast through the D-Book, while we evaluate and plan for a gradually increasing radical role for hybrid internet and mobile television in the years to come.”

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Lindsay Spencer, Head of communications - lspencer@dtg.org.uk - +44 (0) 207 840 6514 +44 (0)7730 622 852

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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