The Border region has completed the first stage of its switchover to digital, marking the start of the UK’s first full-scale digital TV switchover.
A statement from Arqiva – the company that provides transmission for all UK terrestrial TV broadcasters – confirmed that the high-power digital TV signal is now being transmitted from the main Selkirk transmitter and nine relay sites.
The BBC 2 analogue signal in the Border region was switched off at 00:31 on Thursday 6 November 2008 and the digital signal for BBC Multiplex A – PSB1, which carries channels including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC News, BBC Parliament and BBCi, was switched on at 02:16 on Thursday 6 November 2008. Full testing of the signal was completed at approximately 05:00.
The relay sites at Eyemouth and Innerleithen, which as planned required engineers to visit the sites to switch on the new services, began transmitting the new digital services (BBC Multiplex A – PSB1) at 10:05.
Stage two of the Border switchover will take place on 20 November. The remaining analogue channels BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five) will be replaced in digital format along with more public-service TV, radio and text services.
Digital UK, the organisation co-ordinating the UK switch to digital TV, have helped prepare border region residents by screening warning captions on all analogue channels as well as placing regular reminders in local media.
Digital UK is working with local charities and there will be seven switchover advice points available today. The Switchover Help Scheme will continue to offer equipment and advice to eligible households.
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