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How much will digital TV cost the taxpayer all up?

Hon. Georgina te Heuheu MP
National Party Broadcasting Spokeswoman
14 June 2006

How much will digital TV cost the taxpayer all up?

With a rumoured announcement before the end of this week on the shape of digital TV, National’s Broadcasting spokeswoman Georgina te Heuheu is calling on the Minister to make sure he lays out ALL the costs up front.

“Given the disastrous experiment with TVNZ over the past five years, Steve Maharey’s devotion to the broadcaster’s public service mandate will be sorely tested.

“It appears the service will be available to viewers on a set-top box, through a mix of both satellite and terrestrial signals to ensure backup should the satellite fail. It could offer anything up to 12 new channels.

“Sounds good, but what will it cost?
“It seems there is no agreement among the broadcasters on programming, and no agreement about who is going to pay for it.

“Any announcement will look and sound very hollow unless the Government lays out for the public exactly how much taxpayer money is involved.

“A modest sum for the set-top box might be one thing, but the millions more required from the public purse is quite another,” Mrs Te Heuheu.


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