BBC receives approval for HD channel from BBC Trust
The BBC's proposals for a mixed-genre high definition television
channel, BBC HD, were approved today by the BBC Trust following a Public
Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General, said: "We are delighted that the
BBC Trust has approved the BBC Executive's high definition television
proposals, allowing us to launch the UK's first free-to-air, mixed-genre
public service HDTV channel.
"The BBC has pioneered high definition
broadcasting in the UK, setting industry standards and defining the HD
viewing experience for audiences.
"The Trust concluded that such a
channel would create significant public value and benefit licence fee
Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision, said: "BBC HD will be available on
cable, satellite and – in due course – on digital terrestrial and the
"It will showcase a rich mix of the BBC's programmes from
across its channel portfolio in true, native, high definition.
the next generation of television, offering the richest, most intense
viewing experience imaginable.
"Audiences can look forward to the likes
of Earth – Power Of The Planet, Cranford, Torchwood, Hammonds Heroes,
Diary Of Anne Frank, Around The World In 80 Gardens and Live At The
Apollo in extraordinary sound and vision.
"BBC HD will embody the range,
variety and ambition of our public service broadcasting, which is what
Seetha Kumar, Head of BBC HD, said: "The BBC is recognised as setting the
benchmark for quality and the HD trials have had a terrific response
from audiences who appreciate this quality.
"We're looking forward to
working with an even wider network of programme makers and industry
partners to raise awareness of the benefits of HD to audiences."
The approval of the BBC's HD channel follows the Trust's decision in
April this year to approve Freesat, a joint venture between the BBC and
ITV which will provide a free standard and high definition-enabled
digital satellite platform, with launch anticipated for spring 2008.
HD will be part of the channel line-up.
The launch of the BBC's new HD channel on Digital Terrestrial Television (including Freeview) is subject to a review by the BBC Trust in 2008
when there should be greater clarity on HD broadcast standards and
spectrum capacity available for the channel.