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Date set for switchover in Wales

Digital UK has announced the date for the start of the switchover to digital television in Wales.

West Wales will be the first area to switch to digital, starting with the Kilvey Hill transmitter group,serving the Swansea area, on 12 August, 2009.

This will be followed by the Preseli transmitter group, serving south West Wales, and the Carmel transmitter group, serving parts of South and Central Wales, on 19 August and 26 August respectively.

The dates were revealed in a special event at the National Botanic Gardens in Llanarthne. Dates for
other parts of the Wales will be announced in the coming months.

Gwenllan 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.’

Research conducted by Digital UK and Ofcom indicates that nine out of ten adults in Wales are now aware of digital switchover, with 94% of people in West Wales having already gone digital.

Written by DTG Team

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