BBC to offer help for digital changeover

Dec. 19, 2006 at 8:07 PM

LONDON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The BBC has revealed a $1.14 billion plan to assist disabled and elderly British citizens switch their TV services to digital technology.

Daily Variety reports that by offering funds that will come from the BBC's upcoming TV license fee settlement to aid those over the age of 75 and the physically-disabled, the BBC aims to assist in the nation's changeover to the updated cable technology.

"The public have told us that the BBC should be at the forefront of digital broadcasting, helping people adapt to new technologies," Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Tessa Jowell explained. "That's why we set it the task of building a digital Britain and ensuring no one is left behind in the switch to digital television. This money will enable it to deliver this."

Variety said that the news of the BBC's involvement in the technological transition comes as the network is also eyeing a government-backed move of some of its properties to the British city of Manchester.

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