Oftel could face reorganisation under the new government and may have its remit significantly altered.
The Labour party has discussed combining the Independent Television Commission (ITC) and Oftel to become the Office of Communications (Ofcom). This would reflect the coming together of TV and telecommunications and would integrate the two watchdogs' different roles in TV. Currently, the ITC regulates content while Oftel is responsible for digital TV delivery mechanisms.
Some observers in the industry have also questioned the likelihood that Don Cruickshank will remain as director general of Oftel, or at least that he will keep the same responsibilities. He may be seen as a Tory government appointee, although the regulator is officially independent.
An Oftel spokesperson said the director general?s responsibilities are set out in the Telecommunications Act 1984 and any changes to his or his department?s responsibilities would require a change in law.
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