UK Digital Switch Over Begins on October 17th 2007
Whitehaven in Cumbria is set to become the first place in the UK to be switched from analogue to digital TV. With only 25,000 viewers and no current DTT services, Whitehaven is seen as the perfect place to learn about the problems that will be encountered during switch over.
BBC Two’s analogue signal will be switched off first, with the remaining channels moving to digital only reception on November 14. Once BBC Two is switched off it will be immediately replaced by ITV, allowing the commercial broadcaster’s analogue frequency to be used for the first of the public service multiplexes, comprising BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC News 24 and CBBC.
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added: 21st March 2007