Wales is set to start the switchover to digital television in 12 months time, it has been confirmed.
Digital UK, the body leading the transition from analogue to digital, has announced that west Wales will be the first area to switch.
The Kilvey Hill transmitter group, serving the Swansea area, will go digital on 12 August 2009, followed by the Preseli transmitter group on 19 August.
The Carmel group, which serves south and central parts of Wales , will switch on 26 August.
Gwenllïan Carr, Digital UK’s national manager for Wales, said: ‘Today is a real milestone in the programme for switchover in Wales.
‘From 12 August 2009, thousands of viewers in the west Wales area will be able to enjoy digital television and radio free through their aerial. By 2010, Freeview channels will be available to more than 1.3 million Welsh homes.’
Switchover dates for the remaining transmitter groups in Wales will be announced in the coming months.
Digital UK says that nine out of ten people in Wales are now aware of digital switchover, while 94% of people in west Wales have already switched.