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24 September 2014
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BBC and Crown Castle to champion digital for everyone


The BBC and Crown Castle UK welcome today's decision by the Independent Television Commission (ITC).


The ITC has offered the licence for Multiplex "B" to the BBC and the remaining two licences for Multiplexes "C" and "D" to Crown Castle.


The new licences, which fell vacant following the collapse of ITV Digital, will run for 12 years.


Greg Dyke, Director-General, BBC said: "This is a fresh start for digital television in the UK and the best outcome for viewers.


"It 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."


Peter Abery, President and Managing Director, Crown Castle added: "We are delighted by this decision from the ITC.


"We 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."


The 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.


In total, the ITC received six applications for the multiplex licences.


In 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 Freeview Plus.


Other applications came from SDN, a company owned by United Business Media, S4C and NTL, and another from venture capital firm Apax.


Notes to Editors


1. DTT


DTT (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.


2. Proposed Free-To-View Package


The channel line-up for the platform is expected to be as follows (channels new to the platform shown in bold):


Mixed Genre
BBC ONE
BBC TWO
BBC CHOICE
ITV 1
ITV 2
Channel 4
Channel 5
S4C *
A general entertainment channel (tbc)


News and Sports News
BBC NEWS 24
Sky News
Sky Sports News
CNN

ITN


Culture, History & Ideas
BBC FOUR
UK History


Movies
TCM (Turner Classic Movies)


Children's
CBBC
CBeebies
Boomerang


Citizenship
BBC PARLIAMENT
The Community Channel

S4C2 *


Music
A music channel (tbc)


Other
Sky Travel
QVC
TV Travelshop


Interactivity
BBCi (Interactive television and text)
Other interactive services (tbc)


Radio
6 BBC Radio services
Commercial radio services (tbc)


Notes to Editors


The Independent Television Commission's press release
(The BBC is not responsilbe for the content of external internet sites)


More about the BBC's digital services and how to receive them at www.bbc.co.uk/digital


* S4C and S4C2 only available in Wales.


Previous press releases


BBC and Crown Castle submit complementary applications for digital terrestrial television licences


BBC reassures DTT viewers


BBC statement on ITV Digital


Culture, controversy and cutting edge documentary: BBC FOUR prepares to launch


CBBC Goes Digital


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