Memorandum submitted by Ian McCargo
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Please find for your information, the following
resolution from University Ward Branch Labour Party in Leeds.
It was passed in June 2002.
"This Branch is very concerned that the
recently published Communications Bill, which is to be enacted
this Session of Parliament, opens the way for the Murdoch conglomerate
to purchase a major shareholding in Channel 5 TV, in spite of
this conglomerate's indictment in the USA on a charge of providing
hackers with the code to get free access to all the former ITV
Digital terrestrial digital TV channels, thus contributing to
the latter organisation's collapse.
On the prompting of a Branch member the Leeds
Central MP asked the Secretary of State in a Parliamentary Question
the 10 May 2001 if she would make a statement on the use of single
channel 2MHz digital channels for community broadcasting. The
essence of her reply was that, although technically feasible,
these terrestrial digital TV channels would be illegal since no
EU legislation existed for such cheap channels.
The Branch strongly feels that this is now the
case of "one law for the rich and another for the poor"
and calls on our MP to strongly renew his efforts to get legislation
and funding for such cheap channels."