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Digital Radio

July 16, 2001

Question written on 16/07/2001

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she intends to introduce to ensure plurality of voice in digital radio broadcasting.

Answered by Kim Howells

The Government published their proposals for the future of radio broadcasting in the White Paper, “A New Future for Communications”, last December. Those proposals included a firm commitment to maintain plurality in a period of media convergenceallowing listeners a choice between different providers with different editorial styles and opinions. My Department, along with the Department of Trade and Industry, has consulted widely on the proposals and ideas set out in the White Paper; we are now carefully considering all the responses. A draft Bill will be available early next year for further consultation on more detailed proposals.