The first stage of the digital TV switchover in west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly began on the morning of 8 July, as analogue BBC Two was permanently turned off at the Redruth transmitter and its 16 relays.
An improved digital signal is being made available from Redruth and relay transmitters, broadcasting the full range of BBC channels in digital form. For the first time, west Cornwall and Scillonian viewers served by a relay transmitter—in areas such as St Austell, Truro and St Mary's—will be able to receive digital TV through their aerial (Freeview).
The second stage of switchover takes place on 5 August, when the remaining analogue channels will be switched off permanently. On this date, further Freeview channels from ITV, Channel 4 and Five will also become available from relay transmitters for the first time. According to Digital UK, virtually all households in west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will then be able to receive a Freeview signal.
Bill Taylor, Digital UK's South West Regional Manager, said this morning: "The switchover is now underway across west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and many people are receiving Freeview channels for the first time.
"We're now encouraging viewers who still don't have the necessary equipment to get ready in time for 5 August, when all the analogue channels will be permanently switched off. Anyone who needs advice during this period should contact Digital UK."
DTG Staff | 08.07.2009