New body to oversee Italian digi TV

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ROME -- Cinecitta Holding and several television associations on Thursday said they have agreed to collaborate on the creation of a special oversight body that will regulate Italy's small but fast-growing digital television sector.

Though plans for the new regulator remain sketchy, the plan is significant because it indicates that the new sector will not be regulated under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and the Communications Regulator, as is traditional terrestrial television.

Italy is looking to speed the migration of television networks to digital frequencies. Both state broadcaster RAI and private rival Mediaset are required to switch one of their three networks to digital technologies by 2009, with other national networks making the jump three years later.
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