Ofcom has set out detailed proposals for appointing a ‘band manager’ to look after the spectrum needs of programme makers and special events (PMSE) organisers. This is the third detailed consultation on the release of the valuable spectrum that will be freed up by the switch to digital television by 2012. This consultation outlines proposals for appointing a band manager by a comparative selection process, also known as a ‘beauty contest’, to manage the airwaves currently used by wireless microphones and wireless cameras. This kind of equipment is widely used by groups such as theatres, outside broadcasters, live event organisers and programme-makers as well as community users including schools and places of worship.

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