A civil-rights umbrella group has released a report that claims that ethnic minorities, the elderly and the disabled will be left behind when the transition to all-digital television formatting begins in February 2009.

The Leadership Conference for Civil Rights (LCCR) said, "At stake is the ability of the nation's most vulnerable populations to maintain uninterrupted access to their key source of news and information and emergency warnings: free, over-the-air television."

The report found that: