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Scotland next for digital switchover

Analogue signals going from November 2008


Changing tv channel with remote

Scotland will be the next region of the UK to begin the switchover to digital television, it has been announced.

The analogue signal will be switched off from 6 November, 2008, starting with the Scottish Border TV region.

Digital UK, the organisation leading the switchover, confirmed the process will continue with south-west Scotland in 2009, and most other parts of Scotland in 2010.

The change will conclude with the Black Hill transmitter area, which includes Glasgow, in 2011.


The digital switchover process, which runs until 2012, began last month when Whitehaven in Cumbria became the first place in the UK to lose the analogue signal.

The West Country, Granada and Wales TV regions are also due to start the switchover process in 2009.

Switchover means all 5 million TV sets in Scotland will need to be able to receive a digital signal, either through an aerial and Freeview box, or satellite or cable or broadband.

Digital UK says turning off the analogue TV in Scotland will make it possible to boost the digital signal to reach the one-in-five Scottish homes that can’t receive it now.

‘Huge challenge’

Paul Hughes has been appointed Digital UK National Manager for Scotland. He said: ‘Around 80% of Scots already have some form of digital television, but only around half of all TVs in the home are converted. So it’s a huge challenge to complete switchover in Scotland between 2008 and 2011.

‘Some people will find the process easier than others, and there will be special help for those who need it most.’

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