Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (158)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

161 Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his views on a matter regarding SAORVIEW (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32520/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

Issues relating to the transmission, coverage and availability of SAORVIEW are an operational matter for RTÉ whose obligations are set out in the Broadcasting Act 2009. As such I have as no role in these matters. I have however been informed by SAORVIEW that the SAORVIEW network offers 98% population coverage so by itself fully meets RTÉ's legislative obligations for a replacement national digital TV network.

For the remaining 2% of the population, RTÉ launched SAORSAT in March 2012. SAORSAT is a free to air satellite system providing access to RTÉ channels and TG4. Since March 2012, therefore, everyone in Ireland can make the switch to digital. The development and provision of SAORSAT satellite platform is a purely commercial decision by RTÉ and not one in which I have a function. Information on SAORSAT, approved SAORSAT equipment, technical specification and information on professional installation is available on the SAORVIEW website, www.saorview.ie and also on the RTÉ Networks Limited (RTÉNL) website, www.rtenl.ie.