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Dundee LibDems slam latest digital TV shambles

June 20, 2007 10:08 PM
Digital Television

Dundee LibDems slam latest digital TV shambles

Dundee LibDems have today (Wednesday 20th June) slammed the latest news about the digital television switch that, in the words of a Dundee LibDem councillor makes "a nonsense" of the government "targeted assistance" scheme.

Government figures have revealed that up to four million people will be asked to contribute a total of £160m towards the cost of switching the UK's television broadcasting to digital. However, the Liberal Democrats have found that whilst people will be charged £40 for the digital switchover 'targeted assistance' scheme a new digital box with more advanced features could be bought from the high street for as little as £20.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, Don Foster MP, said, "Not only are the government using licence fee payers' money to fund digital switchover, they're now charging over the odds for help to the most vulnerable."

Dundee LibDem Council Group Leader Cllr Fraser Macpherson, who has campaigned locally about the unfairness of digital TV provision, said, "This is yet another example of the ill-thought-out digital transfer arrangements, and this latest news hits the most vulnerable households."

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