BBC Trust starts public value test for proposed HD TV channel

The BBC Trust has started the process to apply a Public Value Test (PVT) to the BBC Executive's proposals for a new high definition (HD) television channel. The channel would be mixed-genre, drawing from content across the BBC's other channels. It would be available free-to-view. The intention is to make the HD channel available on digital satellite, digital cable and digital terrestrial television.

The BBC Trust has published a number of documents, including:

The preliminary market impact assessment was prepared for BBC Management by Reckon LLP and Spectrum Strategy Consultants.

There is a consultation period for representations on the public value assessment and market impact assessment, which runs until Thursday 21 June 2007. The Trust plans to publish provisional conclusions on Tuesday 25 September 2007, and to make a final decision no later than Wednesday 21 November 2007.

Ofcom will produce a full market impact assessment by Tuesday 18 September 2007. As part of its market impact assessment, Ofcom has published a stakeholder questionnaire (7 pages, PDF); responses are due by Wednesday 19 June 2007.

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