OPINION: BSkyB makes digital revolution real

Because the British press divides roughly into two distinct pro- or anti-Rupert Murdoch camps, we are ill-served by analyses of his moves. But, there can be little doubting his audacity. Last week his BSkyB proved this yet again.

Because the British press divides roughly into two distinct pro- or

anti-Rupert Murdoch camps, we are ill-served by analyses of his moves.

But, there can be little doubting his audacity. Last week his BSkyB

proved this yet again.



The decision to announce the switch-off of its analogue system in 2002

took rivals by surprise. The Government, mindful of the political

repercussions, has declined thus far to announce a date for the

terrestrial analogue switch-off. Now, yet again, everyone will be forced

to react to Murdoch.



And with the set-top decoders being given away free, the digital

revolution is suddenly available to the general public.



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