Relaunched DigiTAG to fight for terrestrial broadcasting

December 14, 2012 11.10 Europe/London By Julian Clover

As the telecommunications sector eyes UHF spectrum with envious eyes, DigiTAG has said it will relaunch itself as the association that defends and promotes terrestrial broadcasting – and the spectrum it needs.

At the organisation’s general assembly in Geneva DigiTAG president Lieven Vermaele said the organisation’s new mission was to protect broadcast spectrum, while continuing to focus on promoting and harmonising digital terrestrial services and products and developing new DTT markets.

“We need a body to protect broadcasting and spectrum. Spectrum is a burning issue for the whole of the broadcasting industry and we need to ensure that there is cooperation and a coherent message from all stakeholders. We need a united front,” said Vermaele, who is also the EBU’s Director of Technology & Innovation.

It was also announced that DigiTAG will now become ‘technology neutral’ in order represent the whole terrestrial broadcast industry. This will also help towards attracting members from the worldwide broadcast community.