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A digital death?

Dear John,

You are, I know, concerned that the advent of digital television this autumn will destroy one of Britain’s great cultural achievements-the simultaneous consumption by half the country of high quality television programmes. It would be na? of me not to recognise that this is a possibility. The recent launch of BSkyB’s 200-channel satellite service, the imminent start of terrestrial digital television, and the likelihood of digital cable next year-all this amounts to a significant change in broadcasting. However, the processes you dislike began ten years ago in conventional analogue television; with good luck, good government…

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