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Doktor Doktor Spectrum Campaign - radio mics in danger (UK) (1) Spectrum Campaign - radio mics in danger 13 Feb 07

Ok so this is an Equity thing, but Equity take it very seriously and it DOES potentially affect musicians too.

Sorry to outr Colonial Cousins, but this is also a Brit thing ... I don't somehow think your congressman will be that interested ...


Your livelihood could be under threat if you are an Equity member who works in musical theatre, live television, variety performances or stage management.

Government plans could have catastrophic results for you if you work with wireless microphones, in ear devices and wireless talk back systems. Following the proposed switchover to digital TV broadcasting Ofcom is planning a sell-off of the airwaves (or radio spectrum), which are necessary for these devices to function.

By selling these airwaves to the highest bidder Ofcom will cause huge problems for production of live and recorded entertainment, as there are specific airwaves currently reserved for theatres, TV production companies and concert venues. If no allowances are made for these users of this radio spectrum, modern production standards will be impossible.

Help us alert the Government to what is at stake by writing to your local MP. A template letter is included in this email (BELOW), which you can send off to your MP. Please do this now. The letter will ask them to sign an Early Day Motion (EDM) that calls for the Government to save the UK Entertainment Industry. The more MPs signatures we get, the stronger our campaign will be.

Thank you for your support.



��������. MP
House of Commons

February 2007

Dear ���..

I am writing as your constituent to draw your attention to the unintended consequences of Ofcom's Digital Dividend Review (DDR). Under current plans, Ofcom plans to auction radio spectrum to the highest bidder. These changes pose a grave threat to the British entertainment industry, especially to the Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) sector.

As a performer, I am greatly alarmed at the effects of current spectrum proposals on entertainment events in the UK. Without current analogue equipment, which is totally reliant on the use of this spectrum, all modern theatrical, musical, and entertainment events are imperilled.

Our sector relies on the unused spectrum that interleaves between current analogue TV broadcasts, to enable the use of radio microphones, in ear devices and other short-range wireless devices. These systems are integral to the production of recorded and live entertainment. If the proposed changes go ahead, virtually all organisations that rely on radio spectrum will be adversely affected.

I would be most grateful if you would show your support for my industry by signing EDM No.531
�Impact of Digital Dividend On British Entertainment Industry�.

This sector is disparate and diverse and will struggle to compete if large organisations, such as the mobile phone contractors hold this valuable spectrum.

Your support would be greatly appreciated and would help to avert the potentially devastating consequences of the DDR on our valuable UK industry.

Yours sincerely



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