HC Deb 08 March 2004 vol 418 c1304W
Jim Knight

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Weymouth transmitter will be upgraded. [159236]

Estelle Morris

Broadcasters, through contracts with transmission operators, are responsible for maintaining the terrestrial network. But until the analogue signals are turned off, there will not be enough frequencies available to enable all the transmitters to carry digital terrestrial services. We believe that digital switchover could be achieved between 2006 and 2010, subject to our affordability and availability criteria being met.