Digital switchover dates in the United Kingdom


Digital switchover dates in the United Kingdom
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  Switchover complete

Digital switchover is the name given to the process by which UK analogue broadcast television in an area is converted to digital television. It is sometimes referred to as "analogue switch off". For full details see UK Digital switchover.

In the UK, the terrestrial switchover started in October 2007 and is scheduled to end on 24 October 2012. Each group of transmitters within each TV region will have its analogue broadcasts switched off at a certain time between these dates. The process is co-ordinated by an independent body, Digital UK.

Contents

Switchover guide

Stage 1 - Analogue BBC Two switched off and digital Multiplex 1 moved into its old place.
Stage 2 - All remaining analogue channels switched off and digital multiplexes moved into their old places.

Switchover dates

These are the dates at which switchover will take place in each TV region. For the first regions, quarterly dates for each main transmitter have been published by Digital UK as below.

Technical trial

Transmitter(s) Area served BBC One, ITV, S4C switched off on 30 March 2005
Ferryside Ferryside and Llansteffan community in Wales (approx 1200 people in around 500 properties) 6 March 2009 (complete)

Border

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Eskdale Green, Gosforth and Whitehaven‡ Copeland 17 October 2007 (complete) 14 November 2007 (complete)
Selkirk[1] Scottish Borders 6 November 2008 (complete) 20 November 2008 (complete)
Caldbeck[2] North and Mid-Cumbria, and Dumfries & Galloway 18 June 2009 (complete) 24 June 2009 (complete)
‡ These transmitters will carry the three PSB (public service broadcasting) multiplexes 1, 2 and B in their current form. When the rest of the region switched in Q4 2008, these three transmitters switched to 64QAM transmission mode on multiplexes 1 and B. Multiplex B in this region also carries Channel Five, and is currently classified as "PSB3"

Westcountry

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Beacon Hill South Devon 8 April 2009 (complete) 22 April 2009 (complete)
Stockland Hill South-west Somerset, parts of west Dorset and south-east Devon, including Exeter 6 May 2009 (complete) 20 May 2009 (complete)
Huntshaw Cross North Devon 1 July 2009 (complete) 29 July 2009 (complete)
Redruth East Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 8 July 2009 (complete) 5 August 2009 (complete)
Caradon Hill Cornwall and Devon, including Plymouth 12 August 2009 (complete) 9 September 2009 (complete)

Wales

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, S4C, Channel 5 switched-off)
Kilvey Hill[3] Swansea 12 August 2009 (complete) 9 September 2009 (complete)
Preseli West Wales 19 August 2009 (complete) 16 September 2009 (complete)
Carmel South and central Wales 26 August 2009 (complete) 23 September 2009 (complete)
Llanddona North-west Wales, including Anglesey 21 October 2009 (complete) 18 November 2009 (complete)
Moel-y-Parc North-east Wales 28 October 2009 (complete) 25 November 2009 (complete)
Long Mountain East-central Wales 4 November 2009 (complete) 3 December 2009 (complete)
Blaenplwyf Central and mid Wales 10 February 2010 (complete) 10 March 2010 (complete)
Wenvoe South-east Wales, including Cardiff 3 March 2010 (complete) 31 March 2010 (complete)

Granada

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Douglas Isle of Man 18 June 2009 (complete) 24 July 2009 (complete)
Winter Hill Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and South Cumbria 4 November 2009 (complete) 2 December 2009 (complete)

West of England

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Mendip Bristol, parts of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Southern Gloucestershire 24 March 2010 (complete) 7 April 2010 (complete)
Ridge Hill (West) North Gloucestershire 6 April 2011 (complete) 20 April 2011 (complete)

STV North

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, STV, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Bressay The Shetland Islands 5 May 2010 (complete) 19 May 2010 (complete)
Keelylang Hill The Orkney Islands 12 May 2010 (complete) 26 May 2010 (complete)
Rumster Forest Caithness 2 June 2010 (complete) 16 June 2010 (complete)
Eitshal Lewis, Wester Ross, North West Sutherland and parts of Harris and Skye 7 July 2010 (complete) 21 July 2010 (complete)
Skriaig Skye, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and parts of Barra 14 July 2010 (complete) 28 July 2010 (complete)
Angus Angus, Dundee, Perth and parts of Fife 4 August 2010 (complete) 18 August 2010 (complete)
Durris Aberdeenshire 1 September 2010 (complete) 15 September 2010 (complete)
Knockmore Morayshire, Strathspey and parts of Easter Ross 8 September 2010 (complete) 22 September 2010 (complete)
Rosemarkie Inverness and the Great Glen 6 October 2010 (complete) 20 October 2010 (complete)

Channel Islands

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Frémont Point The Channel Islands 17 November 2010 (complete)

STV Central

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, STV, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Torosay South west Highlands and Islands 13 October 2010 (complete) 27 October 2010 (complete)
Darvel Parts of central Scotland, Argyll and Bute 11 May 2011 (complete) 25 May 2011 (complete)
Rosneath HP Rosneath
Rosneath VP
Craigkelly Lothian, parts of Edinburgh and parts of Fife 1 June 2011 (complete) 15 June 2011 (complete)
Black Hill Glasgow, central Scotland and parts of Edinburgh 8 June 2011 (complete) 22 June 2011 (complete)

Anglia

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Sandy Heath Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire 30 March 2011 (complete) 13 April 2011 (complete)
Sudbury Parts of Suffolk and Essex 6 July 2011 (complete) 20 July 2011 (complete)
Tacolneston Norfolk and north Suffolk 9 November 2011 (complete) 23 November 2011 (complete)

Central

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Nottingham The Nottingham area 30 March 2011 (complete) 13 April 2011 (complete)
Bromsgrove The Bromsgrove area 6 April 2011 (complete) 20 April 2011 (complete)
Lark Stoke Stratford upon Avon area
Ridge Hill (Central) Herefordshire and south Shropshire
The Wrekin North Shropshire and south Cheshire
Waltham Parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and south Nottinghamshire 17 August 2011 (complete) 31 August 2011 (complete)
Fenton Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme 7 September 2011 (complete) 21 September 2011 (complete)
Sutton Coldfield much of the West Midlands
Oxford Oxfordshire, parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire 14 September 2011 (complete) 28 September 2011 (complete)

Yorkshire

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Belmont Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire 3 August 2011 (complete) 17 August 2011 (complete)
Oliver's Mount The Scarborough area
Chesterfield The Chesterfield area 10 August 2011 (complete) 24 August 2011 (complete)
Sheffield The Sheffield area
Emley Moor Most of Yorkshire 7 September 2011 (complete) 21 September 2011 (complete)

Meridian

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Hannington Parts of Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey 8 February 2012 22 February 2012
Midhurst Much of West Sussex 29 February 2012 14 March 2012
Rowridge Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, parts of Dorset and West Sussex 7 March 2012 21 March 2012
Whitehawk Hill The Brighton area
Hastings The Hastings area 30 May 2012 13 June 2012
Heathfield East Sussex
Tunbridge Wells The Tunbridge Wells area
Bluebell Hill North Kent and south Essex 13 June 2012 27 June 2012
Dover South and east Kent

London

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Crystal Palace Greater London and parts of the Home Counties 4 April 2012 18 April 2012

Tyne Tees

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Bilsdale Teeside and much of North Yorkshire 12 September 2012 26 September 2012
Chatton North Northumberland
Pontop Pike Tyne and Wear and Country Durham

UTV

Northern Ireland will complete the digital switchover on the same day as the Republic of Ireland.

Transmitter(s) Area served Stage 1 date
(BBC Two switched-off)
Stage 2 date
(BBC One, UTV, Channel 4, Channel 5 switched-off)
Brougher Mountain South West Northern Ireland 10 October 2012 24 October 2012
Divis Belfast and the surrounding area
Limavady North West Northern Ireland

See also

References

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