and Crown Castle to champion digital for everyone
BBC and Crown Castle UK welcome today's decision by the Independent
Television Commission (ITC).
ITC has offered the licence for Multiplex "B" to the BBC
and the remaining two licences for Multiplexes "C" and
"D" to Crown Castle.
new licences, which fell vacant following the collapse of ITV Digital,
will run for 12 years.
Dyke, Director-General, BBC said: "This is a fresh start for
digital television in the UK and the best outcome for viewers.
won't be an easy task - the platform has been through a major crisis
- but we believe that a simple, entirely free-to-view digital option
has the best chance of success with consumers."
Abery, President and Managing Director, Crown Castle added: "We
are delighted by this decision from the ITC.
will now be working closely with the BBC to get the digital terrestrial
platform, free from the technical problems that dogged ITV Digital,
back up and running as quickly as possible."
BBC and Crown Castle will work together with other DTT licence holders,
broadcasters, manufacturers and retailers to ensure the long-term
success of the platform.
total, the ITC received six applications for the multiplex licences.
addition to the complementary applications from the BBC and Crown
Castle, there were linked applications from the Digital Terrestrial
Alliance (ITV companies Carlton and Granada with Channel 4) and
applications came from SDN, a company owned by United Business Media,
S4C and NTL, and another from venture capital firm Apax.
(Digital Terrestrial Television) provides a range of digital television
services to viewers via their existing aerials. The three multiplexes
now being applied for were formerly used by ITV Digital.
Proposed Free-To-View Package
channel line-up for the platform is expected to be as follows (channels
new to the platform shown in bold):
A general entertainment channel (tbc)
and Sports News
BBC NEWS 24
Sky Sports News
History & Ideas
TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
The Community Channel
A music channel (tbc)
BBCi (Interactive television and text)
Other interactive services (tbc)
6 BBC Radio services
Commercial radio services (tbc)
Independent Television Commission's press
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about the BBC's digital services and how to receive them at www.bbc.co.uk/digital
S4C and S4C2 only available in Wales.
and Crown Castle submit complementary applications for digital terrestrial
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