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Scotland digital-only by mid-2011

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The Borders was the first full region to make the switchover

The switchover to digital television will be completed in Scotland by the middle of 2011, it has been announced.

The Scottish Borders became the first region to complete the change last month, when more than 50,000 households became digital only.

The south west will follow next year, with the north converting through 2010. Lothian and parts of Edinburgh and Fife will complete the change by June 2011.

Digital UK said virtually every home in Scotland would benefit from the change.

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER TIMETABLE
Scottish Borders: Nov 2008 (completed)
South west Scotland: Jun 2009 - July 2009
Shetland Islands: Apr - Jun 2010
Orkney Islands: Apr - Jun 2010
Caithness: Apr - Jun 2010
Wester Ross, Skye and the Outer Hebrides: Jul - Sep 2010
Aberdeenshire: Jul - Sep 2010
Angus and Perth: Jul - Sep 2010
Morayshire and Dornoch: Jul - Sep 2010
Inverness and the Great Glen: Oct - Dec 2010
South west Highlands and Islands: Oct - Dec 2010
Parts of central Scotland, Argyll and Bute: Apr - Jun 2011
Rosneath: Apr - Jun 2011
Glasgow, central Scotland and parts of Edinburgh: Apr - Jun 2011
Lothian, parts of Edinburgh and Fife: Apr - Jun 2011
Paul Hughes, Digital UK's national manager for Scotland, said: "Today we can provide a detailed timetable for switchover in Scotland.

"By the time the whole process is complete in June 2011, almost every Scottish household will have a choice of ways to receive digital TV.

"As part of our information campaign we'll be writing to every household and sending our switchover roadshow to over 60 towns and cities across Scotland."

Switchover takes place in two stages at each TV transmitter group, with the exact switchover dates for each group being announced nearer the time.

Digital UK said leaflets, advertising and on screen captions for viewers still using analogue would be used to remind people about the approaching switchover.

A switchover help scheme has been set up to help those aged over 75, people with a a significant disability and those who are registered blind or partially sighted.

Digital UK also provides advice through its Scotland-based helpline - 08456 50 50 50 - and its website.

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