UK Government Claims Digital Program Success

08 March 2006

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom is due to reveal that 70% of all British homes now have at least one TV set able to receive digital broadcasts.

The Blair administration has timetabled 2012 for the final closedown of the analogue signal, although the rolling switchover programme begins in 2008.

Beleaguered culture secretary Tessa Jowell, whose estranged husband is enmeshed in a high profile Italian legal probe, told Parliament that Ofcom's figures were an "important landmark".

They come shortly after free-to-air digital platform Freeview announced there are now more than 10 million of its set-top boxes and digital-enabled receivers in use in the UK [WAMN: -03-Mar-06].

Jowell and prime minister Tony Blair met yesterday (Tuesday) with leading representative of broadcasters, consumer electronics companies and retailers to discuss progress toward switchover.

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