Early Day Motion for Local Public Service TelevisionArticle from Community Media Association
On 21 February 2008, Ian Stewart MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM 1013) calling on Ofcom to ensure access to local television for every household across the UK on Freeview. This comes exactly one year after Ian Stewart tabled EDM 922 which called on Government to make more substantial commitments to licensing and funding Community Radio and Television.
So far 148 MP’s have signed the EDM – visit the EDM 1013 website for an up-to-date list of signatories.
Take Action – Contact your MPThe CMA is asking community media organisations (radio, new media and television) and anyone who wants to help ensure that local TV does not become a thing of the past to contact their MP’s and urge them to sign the Early Day Motion.
To find out who your MP is and to contact them visit the ‘They Work For You’ website.
The full text for the Early Day Motion (1013) to send to your MP follows
EDM 1013: LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICE TELEVISION 21.02.2008
That this House congratulates Ofcom in finding a means to deliver local television to every household across the UK on Freeview; and looks to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to introduce a licence for the provision of local public service television during the roll-out of digital switchover.