Keep analogue television

Maintain analogue television signals.  By all means let those who want digital television buy their new sets, but leave the rest of us who are happy with our 4 (or 5) channels alone!

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Maintain analogue television signals.  By all means let those who want digital television buy their new sets, but leave the rest of us who are happy with our 4 (or 5) channels alone!

cancel FM and AM radio switchoff

The Communications Minister Ed Vaizey says that "listeners need to be persuaded that the quality (of Digital Radio) is high, Digital Radio is affordable and the quality is as good as FM"

This seems to be the same attitude as the last government; i.e. if the public don't want it, the public are wrong, so they must be persuaded. Well it is Mr Vaizey that must be persuaded, that is what many of us are trying to do. Here are the arguments:

1. He says that "Digtal Radio is a huge opportunity…" Well, no. Digital Radio WAS a huge opportunity 25 years ago when it was intruduced (first with test transmissions in the Midlands). Now we have the prospect of Radio 6 Music, one of the few digital only stations, being closed down.

2. The quality is as good as FM. Wrong. The quality has the potential to be better than FM, but the bit rate is variable, and often restricted in order to accomodate more stations. Pre-emphesis and companding used on FM is also used in digital transmission.

3. The FM transmissions run in parallel with digital radio would require no seperate distribution system, the same distribution feeds both at the same transmitter sites, as it does at the moment. Only continued maintenance revenue for already exitisting FM transmitters would be needed. The cost of this is less than the extra battery current required by every portable receiver, of which there are tens of thousands per transmitter.

4. Not only do car radios need to be replaced, as in recent publicity, but many Hi-Fi enthusiasts have the FM tuner integral to their music system. Buying a portable is not an option, enthusiasts want to reproduce the signal; through their quality loudspeakers. Also the substitution of a digital tuner for an FM one is not simple in such a system.

5. For television, analogue closure was necessary to allow the full power digital transmissions in all areas in the same transmission bands (bands IV and V). The FM band II is not required for digital use because the digital band is seperate.

6  If you want a government which allows people choice, why not have FM and Digital both available, and let the listeners choose. The cost of continuing an already existing FM transmitter in a given area (paid for by the listener through the television lisence fee) will be less than the ongoing cost of extra batteries for digital receivers. (also paid for by the listener).

7. Have you actually listened to a digital receiver, such as the Gemini, and compared the quality to reasonable size stereo speakers (such as the LS3/5A by Rogers, a BBC design, commercially available)? I think if committee had done this in an A-B test, you would stop saying that Digital is as good as FM. One has to consider the whole system and what comes out in the listeners' room.

8.  Radio 4 Long Wave is valued by many sports listeners, particularily for Test Match Special. The last time its closure was proposed there was a demonstration march to Broadcasting House.

9. What will happen to digital services in a serious national emergency, when radio is the only means of contacting the people? AM receivers are small, simple, and can be used almost anywhere with an internal ferrite rod aerial.

                                         thanks for the opportunity to give my opinion,

                                                           Colin Pierpoint

Why is this idea important?

The Communications Minister Ed Vaizey says that "listeners need to be persuaded that the quality (of Digital Radio) is high, Digital Radio is affordable and the quality is as good as FM"

This seems to be the same attitude as the last government; i.e. if the public don't want it, the public are wrong, so they must be persuaded. Well it is Mr Vaizey that must be persuaded, that is what many of us are trying to do. Here are the arguments:

1. He says that "Digtal Radio is a huge opportunity…" Well, no. Digital Radio WAS a huge opportunity 25 years ago when it was intruduced (first with test transmissions in the Midlands). Now we have the prospect of Radio 6 Music, one of the few digital only stations, being closed down.

2. The quality is as good as FM. Wrong. The quality has the potential to be better than FM, but the bit rate is variable, and often restricted in order to accomodate more stations. Pre-emphesis and companding used on FM is also used in digital transmission.

3. The FM transmissions run in parallel with digital radio would require no seperate distribution system, the same distribution feeds both at the same transmitter sites, as it does at the moment. Only continued maintenance revenue for already exitisting FM transmitters would be needed. The cost of this is less than the extra battery current required by every portable receiver, of which there are tens of thousands per transmitter.

4. Not only do car radios need to be replaced, as in recent publicity, but many Hi-Fi enthusiasts have the FM tuner integral to their music system. Buying a portable is not an option, enthusiasts want to reproduce the signal; through their quality loudspeakers. Also the substitution of a digital tuner for an FM one is not simple in such a system.

5. For television, analogue closure was necessary to allow the full power digital transmissions in all areas in the same transmission bands (bands IV and V). The FM band II is not required for digital use because the digital band is seperate.

6  If you want a government which allows people choice, why not have FM and Digital both available, and let the listeners choose. The cost of continuing an already existing FM transmitter in a given area (paid for by the listener through the television lisence fee) will be less than the ongoing cost of extra batteries for digital receivers. (also paid for by the listener).

7. Have you actually listened to a digital receiver, such as the Gemini, and compared the quality to reasonable size stereo speakers (such as the LS3/5A by Rogers, a BBC design, commercially available)? I think if committee had done this in an A-B test, you would stop saying that Digital is as good as FM. One has to consider the whole system and what comes out in the listeners' room.

8.  Radio 4 Long Wave is valued by many sports listeners, particularily for Test Match Special. The last time its closure was proposed there was a demonstration march to Broadcasting House.

9. What will happen to digital services in a serious national emergency, when radio is the only means of contacting the people? AM receivers are small, simple, and can be used almost anywhere with an internal ferrite rod aerial.

                                         thanks for the opportunity to give my opinion,

                                                           Colin Pierpoint

Keep analogue FM and long/medium/short wave radio

To force everyone to buy digital radios when we already have perfectly good analogue radios in our homes and in our cars is wasteful in terms of resources and the environment.  The signal and sound quality is better on FM.

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To force everyone to buy digital radios when we already have perfectly good analogue radios in our homes and in our cars is wasteful in terms of resources and the environment.  The signal and sound quality is better on FM.

compulsory abolition of F.M.radio and instating of a digital service.

 We should all be grateful for scientific and technical progress , otherwise we should still be using crystal sets and winding up horned gramaphones. However the abolition of the FM radio services is a step too far. Purely on a personal level, this household owns 3 vehicles with analogue radios.On top of that there are some 29  radios in this house, from mini personal/ headphone jobs , stereo tuners , radio /cassette/C.D players/ TVs , , a radio telephone, 2 Freeplay  and 4 other wind ups to a deliciously expensive Bose  number and a several of small transistor radios of various types. If the Government  makes compulsory the dumping of these radios, or even the seemingly worthy recycling for the 3rd World, the financial outlay for us here will be enormous.We have 1 digital radio only and it is rarely used.

Having reserched this, it seems that digital radios consume more electricity / battery power than standard ones, although there are energy saving models available. Most people , post 2015, will to SOME  extent be sourcing cheap radios , probably made in China or the Far East .Can the economy of these models be guaranteed? I suspect that electricity/ battery  consumption will rise.Not environmentally friendly. Why encourage the use of economy light bulbs only to have the effect  counteracted by  electricity guzzling radios?There is also the problem of poor reception in many areas.

The Conservative Party , now Government , is in favour of personal choice  for the individual and encouragement of  each and every one of us , to be self sufficient   and non State reliant. It also  wishes to leave behind the "nanny  state" and interference  of Socialism that we have to tolerate every few years  when Labour are in power. DO NOT now decide that "Nanny knows best " and that  each and every one of us be COMPELLED to dump millions of functioning radios for no particular reason, other than a commercial one.

Why is this idea important?

 We should all be grateful for scientific and technical progress , otherwise we should still be using crystal sets and winding up horned gramaphones. However the abolition of the FM radio services is a step too far. Purely on a personal level, this household owns 3 vehicles with analogue radios.On top of that there are some 29  radios in this house, from mini personal/ headphone jobs , stereo tuners , radio /cassette/C.D players/ TVs , , a radio telephone, 2 Freeplay  and 4 other wind ups to a deliciously expensive Bose  number and a several of small transistor radios of various types. If the Government  makes compulsory the dumping of these radios, or even the seemingly worthy recycling for the 3rd World, the financial outlay for us here will be enormous.We have 1 digital radio only and it is rarely used.

Having reserched this, it seems that digital radios consume more electricity / battery power than standard ones, although there are energy saving models available. Most people , post 2015, will to SOME  extent be sourcing cheap radios , probably made in China or the Far East .Can the economy of these models be guaranteed? I suspect that electricity/ battery  consumption will rise.Not environmentally friendly. Why encourage the use of economy light bulbs only to have the effect  counteracted by  electricity guzzling radios?There is also the problem of poor reception in many areas.

The Conservative Party , now Government , is in favour of personal choice  for the individual and encouragement of  each and every one of us , to be self sufficient   and non State reliant. It also  wishes to leave behind the "nanny  state" and interference  of Socialism that we have to tolerate every few years  when Labour are in power. DO NOT now decide that "Nanny knows best " and that  each and every one of us be COMPELLED to dump millions of functioning radios for no particular reason, other than a commercial one.

GET RID OF DIGITAL RADIO

We should stop the idea of introducing digital radio immediately.  I have one digital radio in my house, it doesn't work and I don't even live in a rural area.  I have 4 FM/AM radios in my house plus another 2 in my and my wife's car.  They all work perfectly and don't need repalcing.  Why should anyone waste money repacing perfectly good radios with DAB radios that don't work any better and generally much worse.

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We should stop the idea of introducing digital radio immediately.  I have one digital radio in my house, it doesn't work and I don't even live in a rural area.  I have 4 FM/AM radios in my house plus another 2 in my and my wife's car.  They all work perfectly and don't need repalcing.  Why should anyone waste money repacing perfectly good radios with DAB radios that don't work any better and generally much worse.

The projected switch off of analogue radio for national stations

The switch off of the analogue radio signal for national radio stations projected for 2015 should be scrapped indefinitely.  The public should not be dictated to over this.  I have not heard one good excuse for doing it.  I have six radio sets including the one in my car, all of which work perfectly well and have done so for many years.  They will still be around long after the digital muck is dead and buried.  Anyone who is desperate to listen to digital radio can do so on their PC or Freevew box or via umpteen other methods already. I have heard that portable digital radios do not work properly  especially in cars. This idea nearly cost Ben Bradshaw my vote and I am still very angry with him for introducing it.

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The switch off of the analogue radio signal for national radio stations projected for 2015 should be scrapped indefinitely.  The public should not be dictated to over this.  I have not heard one good excuse for doing it.  I have six radio sets including the one in my car, all of which work perfectly well and have done so for many years.  They will still be around long after the digital muck is dead and buried.  Anyone who is desperate to listen to digital radio can do so on their PC or Freevew box or via umpteen other methods already. I have heard that portable digital radios do not work properly  especially in cars. This idea nearly cost Ben Bradshaw my vote and I am still very angry with him for introducing it.

Repeal The Digital Act And Stop Digital Discrimination Concerning Radio

Why on earth does Edd Vaizy want to continue with these stupid plans?  He has not thought this through.  People generally have more than one radio in the house.  I think I must have a least 10 radios if not more.  We live in a digital black spot and have been told that we cannot and will not be able to get DAB where we live as we live more than 25 miles from the transmitter.  The BBC, including BBC Radio Cambridgeshire keeps advertising the fact that they are broadcasting on DAB but we still cannot get this station.  I bought a DAB second hand radio and couldn't get any DAB stations on it at all.  I thought thank goodness I didn't waste money on a new one!  A friend of mine near where I live bought a new DAB radio but got rid of it because she got so fed up not being able to get any stations on it.  What about the cost to the environment?  We are told to reduce waste, what about all the FM radios that will end up in landfill sites?  Most FM portable radios cannot be converted. Why give new stations FM radio licences for 10 years if the FM signals will be stopped before then?

I am now (not through my own choice) on part-time wages and cannot afford to buy a new DAB.  It is bad going to be bad enough being done out of TV in 2011 without being done out of a radio as well!   (I cannot afford freeview because of the cost of having to buy a digibox and having a high gain aerial put up on the roof in order to get it.).  This is just one step too far.  Pensioners and other people on low incomes will not be able to afford DAB.  What is the point of buying a DAB if you cannot get anything on it in any case. People should revolt against this.  Why would anybody want to have such an inferior service as DAB? 

DAB is suppose to bring choice but it is does not.   Concerning local radio, why is only one local BBC and only one local ILR (Independent Local Radio) station allowed to broadcast per multiplex?  Surely this means that where you have more than one ILR  broadcasting some of them will have to close down thus putting people out of work.  At the moment I can get 4 BBC local radio stations on FM from where I live (BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Radio Lincolnshire) yet I cannot and will not be able to get any of these on DAB.  The whole thing is just madness.

This law should be stopped immediately.

 

Why is this idea important?

Why on earth does Edd Vaizy want to continue with these stupid plans?  He has not thought this through.  People generally have more than one radio in the house.  I think I must have a least 10 radios if not more.  We live in a digital black spot and have been told that we cannot and will not be able to get DAB where we live as we live more than 25 miles from the transmitter.  The BBC, including BBC Radio Cambridgeshire keeps advertising the fact that they are broadcasting on DAB but we still cannot get this station.  I bought a DAB second hand radio and couldn't get any DAB stations on it at all.  I thought thank goodness I didn't waste money on a new one!  A friend of mine near where I live bought a new DAB radio but got rid of it because she got so fed up not being able to get any stations on it.  What about the cost to the environment?  We are told to reduce waste, what about all the FM radios that will end up in landfill sites?  Most FM portable radios cannot be converted. Why give new stations FM radio licences for 10 years if the FM signals will be stopped before then?

I am now (not through my own choice) on part-time wages and cannot afford to buy a new DAB.  It is bad going to be bad enough being done out of TV in 2011 without being done out of a radio as well!   (I cannot afford freeview because of the cost of having to buy a digibox and having a high gain aerial put up on the roof in order to get it.).  This is just one step too far.  Pensioners and other people on low incomes will not be able to afford DAB.  What is the point of buying a DAB if you cannot get anything on it in any case. People should revolt against this.  Why would anybody want to have such an inferior service as DAB? 

DAB is suppose to bring choice but it is does not.   Concerning local radio, why is only one local BBC and only one local ILR (Independent Local Radio) station allowed to broadcast per multiplex?  Surely this means that where you have more than one ILR  broadcasting some of them will have to close down thus putting people out of work.  At the moment I can get 4 BBC local radio stations on FM from where I live (BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Radio Lincolnshire) yet I cannot and will not be able to get any of these on DAB.  The whole thing is just madness.

This law should be stopped immediately.

 

Repeal the Digital Economy Act (ending of FM and medium wave radio )

The Digital Economy Act (ending of FM and medium wave radio ) is ill thought out and typical of the Big Brother State of New Labour who sought to control every aspect of the UK citizens life. The switch to digital broadcasting is not necessary, the current frequency band allocations are well mapped and do not cause mutual interference within the UK.

Why is this idea important?

The Digital Economy Act (ending of FM and medium wave radio ) is ill thought out and typical of the Big Brother State of New Labour who sought to control every aspect of the UK citizens life. The switch to digital broadcasting is not necessary, the current frequency band allocations are well mapped and do not cause mutual interference within the UK.