HC Deb 26 July 1999 vol 336 c81W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to improve the reception of television channels carrying Welsh language programmes throughout Wales; and if he will make a statement. [92711]

Janet Anderson

BBC Wales and S4C analogue broadcasts presently reach 97.6 per cent. of the population of Wales. The nine Welsh transmitter sites in the launch phase for digital terrestrial television will deliver BBC services to 70 per cent. of the population and S4C services to 63 per cent. BBC and S4C also broadcast their services on digital satellite, and will broadcast on digital cable when available. The BBC, ITC and the digital broadcasters are now considering plans for the further development of digital terrestrial television across the UK.