PMSE parliamentary campaign now commands 200+ signatures

UK: As covered previously on PSN-e, a UK parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) expressing concerns about the implications of the proposed Ofcom spectrum auction for the Performance Making and Special Events (PSME) sector has been attracting growing support from MPs for some months now. Last week the EDM passed the "magic" 200-signatory mark, a mere matter of weeks before Ofcom is due to release a secondary, PMSE-specific consultation document based on responses to the original Digital Dividend Review (DDR), writes David Davies.
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on

UK: As covered previously on PSN-e, a UK parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) expressing concerns about the implications of the proposed Ofcom spectrum auction for the Performance Making and Special Events (PSME) sector has been attracting growing support from MPs for some months now. Last week the EDM passed the "magic" 200-signatory mark, a mere matter of weeks before Ofcom is due to release a secondary, PMSE-specific consultation document based on responses to the original Digital Dividend Review (DDR), writes David Davies.

Nick Brown (Labour) and John Gummer (Conservative) -both former agriculture ministers - are among the MPs to have pledged their support for the EDM most recently. With 201 signatures at the time of writing, the motion has now passed what PLASA technical resources manager Ron Bonner (pictured) recently described to PSN-e as "the magic 200 mark. [_] Before launching the EDM, Jonathan Sayeed (ex-Conservative MP and head of Ranelagh International) explained to the steering group just what the mechanism is for an EDM and how it can help. He said at the time, '100 signatures and MPs take notice, 200 signatures and the government takes notice.'"

The strong response to the EDM - which was proposed by Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay last December - is only one aspect of an attention-raising initiative that has repeatedly taken the spectrum issue to the heart of government this year. Most recently, it saw members of the BEIRG (British Entertainment Industry Radio Group) steering committee on the subject return to Westminster to address the Arts and Heritage All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

With the campaign continuing to gather momentum ahead of Ofcom's next set of findings, Shure Distribution's Alan March is sounding fairly upbeat. "I'm reasonably optimistic at the moment," he says. "There does seem to be a wish [by Ofcom] to get these plans right."

In the meantime, March has launched a bid to encourage the industry to dig into its collective pocket and help finance the ongoing campaign. "PLASA has paid for everything up to Christmas, which is very generous," he notes. "But the industry needs to start paying for itself."

Web
» www.plasa.org
» www.beirg.org.uk
» www.ofcom.org.uk
» http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi

Related

Ofcom spectrum plans: now 30 MPs and Lloyd Webber join the fray

UK: Pressure on Ofcom to accommodate the requirements of entertainment professionals within its proposals to auction off over 30% of terrestrial TV's UHF allocation continues to grow following publication of the agency's consultation document, the Digital Dividend Review (DDR). Theatre composer/impressario Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber and several prominent MPs are among those now publicising their concerns, writes David Davies.

New spectrum threat for UK PMSE

UK: Contrary to previous expectations, Ofcom is to propose a long-term "migration" from channel 69, writes David Davies. The latest move - which will undoubtedly be regarded as a further blow to the interests of PMSE (performance making & special events) users post- digital switchover (DSO) - follows the historic decision by the International Telecommunication Union at last November's World Radiocommunication Conference in favour of the re-allocation of UHF 790-862MHz (channel 61-69) in region 1, which is defined as Europe and Africa.

Ofcom moves to quell channel 69 concerns

The UK communications regulator has mapped out its vision of future spectrum access for PMSE users, writes David Davies. Ofcom revealed its proposals in a new consultation document ('Digital dividend: clearing the 800MHz bandwidth'), published on February 2nd as part of the ongoing spectrum review process.

UK government to 'meet the costs' of PMSE ch69 migration

UK: But the final version of Lord Carter's Digital Britain report does not confirm the final destination for PMSE, writes David Davies. As expected, the report endorses Ofcom's recommendation that channels 61, 62 and 69 - the last-named home to the vast majority of current wireless radio systems - be cleared to make way for next generation mobile telecommunications services.

UK PMSE sector launches new spectrum funding campaign

UK: Twenty-one major organisations representing the British entertainment industry are supporting the 'Save Our Sound UK' campaign, writes David Davies. The new initiative constitutes the latest effort by the UK PMSE sector to secure sufficient funding to cover the costs of replacing wireless systems set to be rendered redundant by spectrum migration.

Ofcom 800MHz band plan could net multi-billion windfall

UK: Ranelagh International is continuing to highlight PMSE's spectrum requirements as "crunch-time" approaches, writes David Davies. Available to read in full on the Ofcom website, the latest document on the future of the 800MHz band - issued in the wake of a new consultation paper in early February - suggests that the net incremental benefit of clearing channels 61, 62 and 69 "lies conservatively in the range of _2-3bn".

Alan March joins Sennheiser UK as interleaved spectrum debate enters decisive new phase

UK: After 21 years with HW International and, latterly, Shure Distribution UK, Alan March has taken up the newly-created role of business development specialist at Sennheiser UK. A driving force behind the campaign to secure programme-making and special events (PMSE) access to the interleaved spectrum, March is also currently working on a response to Ofcom's significant statement of mid-December which revealed that PMSE users will be awarded spectrum by means of a 'beauty contest', writes David Davies.

Now it's official: Sony Oxford Plugins is reborn as Sonnox

UK: As of last Friday (April 27), Sony Oxford Plugins has been the subject of a successful management buyout that means the business is trading separately from its multinational former parent. Four weeks after the then-prospective changeover was indicated during ProLight+Sound 07, the company has now been extracted from Sony UK and is operating as Sonnox Ltd in a development that also appears to mark the end of the Sony Oxford trading name, writes David Davies.