UK analogue TV era to end on 24 October 2012

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 14-10-2011

After eighty illustrious years, analogue TV, first tested in the UK in August 1932, is to end on 24 October 2012, Digital UK, the organisation leading digital switchover, has announced.
And just as the last analogue TV signals are switched off in Northern Ireland, the date will also signal the completion of digital television switchover which started in 2008.
Announcing the end-date for analogue TV and switchover, David Scott, Digital UK Chief Executive, said: “The analogue era was a defining period for TV but the fully digital age will be even better, with a greater choice of channels for viewers everywhere. I’m looking forward to October next year when we will have brought the benefits of digital to every corner of the country.”

The UK’s switchover programme started in 2008. At its conclusion in 2012, inside the timetable set out by Government, more than 15 million new viewers will have been brought into coverage for the Freeview digital terrestrial TV services. Helpfully in these cash-strapped times, Digital UK is keen to add that it is on course to complete the project at least £53 million under budget.