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Digital switchover dates revealed

TVs on display
Most TV sets across north and mid Wales are ready for digital

The dates for the digital TV switchover in north and mid Wales have been announced.

Digital UK, the independent body leading the process, said north west Wales would be first in the area to start switching, on 21 October, 2009.

North east Wales will follow on 28 October, 2009, and a transmitter serving parts of east and central Wales will start on 4 November, 2009.

Digital TV said the switch would offer viewers much more choice.

Any viewers receiving their signal from the Winter Hill transmitter near Bolton in Lancashire, will also switch over on 4 November 2009.

At a launch in Llangollen, Denbighshire, Gwenllïan Carr, Digital UK's national manager in Wales, said: "Today's announcement is a real step forward in the digital TV switchover programme.

'Step forward'

"One year from today, the switchover process will start here in north Wales, and for the first time, many viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy digital TV through an aerial, offering many homes more choice than ever before."

She said 90% of people in north Wales had already converted their main TV set to digital.

At the start of switchover for each transmitter group, BBC Two will cease broadcasting in analogue and the first group of Freeview digital channels will become available.

Four weeks later, the remaining analogue channels will be permanently switched off and replaced with additional digital services.

Digital UK said about 20 of the most-watched Freeview channels will then be available via an aerial to the majority of households in north Wales.

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