Digital UK releases new switchover dates

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Digital UK has announced switchover timings for transmitters serving more than 4m households in West Country, Wales and Granada television regions under the Government's 2008-2012 switchover timetable.

The three regions will have their analogue transmitters switched off between 2009 and 2010. The Cumbrian town of Whitehaven will switch to digital in October 2007 in a project announced by broadcasting minister Shaun Woodward earlier this summer; the rest of the Border region will follow in 2008 and be completed by the second quarter of 2009.

Digital UK, the independent body leading switchover on behalf of UK broadcasters, issued the following timings for West Country, Wales and Granada:

West Country transmitters:

  • Q2, 2009: Beacon Hill, serving south Devon; Stockland Hill, serving south-west Somerset, parts of west Dorset and south-east Devon, including Exeter
  • Q3, 2009: Huntshaw Cross, serving north Devon; Redruth, serving west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Caradon Hill, serving much of Cornwall and Devon, including Plymouth.

Wales transmitters:

  • Q3, 2009: Preseli, serving south-west Wales; Carmel, serving south Wales; Llanddona, serving north-west Wales, including Anglesey; Moel-Y-Parc, serving north-east Wales
  • Q1, 2010: Blaenplwyf, serving west and central Wales; Long Mountain, serving east-central Wales; Wenvoe, serving south-east Wales, including Cardiff.

Granada transmitter:

  • Q4, 2009: The entire Granada region will switch to digital in this quarter, when the Winter Hill transmitter and its dependent relays—serving Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire—are converted.

Digital UK CEO Ford Ennals said: "Today's announcement of the timetable for transmitter switchover in the Westcountry, Wales and Granada TV regions is another milestone on the UK's path to digital TV.

"We first announced the regional timetable, then the transmitter timetable. Nearer the time, we will announce the month and day of switchover. We intend to share information with the public as soon as possible, and to provide public information and practical assistance to the public throughout the process."

Lovelace Consulting  |  17.10.2006

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