ASO delayed in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima

Japan’s Ministry of Communications is delaying the analogue switch off in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima; the areas most severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami, on the 11th March.
The nationwide switchover to digital television was planned to take place on the 24th July 2011 and this is now expected to be delayed by a year.
Concern has been growing in the quake-hit areas that a complete shift from analogue broadcasting would strip evacuees and others of a major means to receive vital information related to the disaster such as aftershocks.
Source: advanced
Item added: 26th April 2011