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Feb 29, 2016

The European Creative Industries see sufficient Radio Spectrum as essential to their successful

The Wider Spectrum Group (WSG) met with Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market, today to urge support for creative producers and distributors of European cultural content in upcoming EU legislation on the UHF frequencies. Commenting on the outcome of the meeting WSG’s Alan March said: “Europe’s creators of content are a global success story that rely heavily on the UHF spectrum. Some of these frequencies have been promised to other sectors [the 700 MHz Band], but European content and associated jobs are at risk without a fair and sustainable transition plan coherent with the introduction of technologies for improved TV experience- some Member States will need until end of 2022 to achieve the transition - and long term guarantee for spectrum below 700MHz”.
Europe’s creative industries represent 7% of European GDP and accounts for 14 million jobs. It is a global leader in producing, creating and distributing content in linear and non-linear modes to a variety of devices.

In line with the Lamy Report and Radio Spectrum Policy Group Opinion on UHF, the WSG is calling for guaranteed access to UHF spectrum below 700MHz for television broadcasting and wireless microphones in the long term, at least to 2030 and beyond. The alternative is black screens and reduced choice for European viewers. This would jeopardize the future of radio too.
WSG is calling for a careful transitional roadmap in UHF spectrum with adequate funding available to recognize the considerable additional investment that the transition will entail for the creative sector and for European citizens. This will allow to enhance European Digital Content in synch with European digital Infrastructure.

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