Cardiff goes digital

THE recent announcement that Cardiff’s analogue television signal is set to be switched off in March 2010 will mean that the city will become the first fully digital capital city in the UK.

I think it is highly fitting that Cardiff is once again at the cutting edge given the efforts being made to make Cardiff such a modern and vibrant city with the St Davids 2, Sports Village and new stadium developments

Digital television will allow everyone to access important media items such as 24 hour news as well as other channel choices.

With more channels available it will also provide great potential for media companies in Wales to get more Welsh programmes seen by the wider British public.

The reputation of Welsh programme makers is set to be cemented this Christmas with the highlight of many people’s tv schedule set to be homemade programmes such as Gavin & Stacey or Dr Who.

The BBC has a commitment to deliver 17% of its UK programming from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland by 2016.

It is estimated that 90% of people in Wales are aware of the digital switch over but there are still those that do not know they might need to change their equipment before the switch over.

If you need any advice or information regarding the switch from analogue to digital you can phone the Digital UK hotline on 08456 50 50 50.

In the meantime I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone from my Cardiff West constituency and throughout Wales a very happy Christmas and a very happy New Year.