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BBC Trust approves proposals for a BBC HD channel

The BBC Trust has today (Monday 19 November) published the final conclusions of the Public Value Test (PVT) it has conducted into the BBC Executive's proposals for a high definition (HD) television channel. The Trust has approved the channel to launch on cable and Sky satellite as soon as possible, on "Freesat" when the platform launches, and on Freeview as soon as feasible. The timetable for launch on Freeview will await a review in 2008 of digital spectrum capacity issues. The Trust has ruled out any early launch of an interim 4-hour overnight service on Freeview before the technical standards for providing HD on Freeview are clear. Diane Coyle, BBC Trustee and Chair of the Public Value Test Steering Group said: "The Trust is pleased to approve the new HD television channel on all platforms. After considering all the evidence we are satisfied that the public value generated is sufficiently high and there is unlikely to be a negative impact on the market.

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