UK announces analogue closure date
09.24 Europe/London, October 14, 2011 By Julian Clover
The end of analogue TV in the UK will finally come on October 24, 2012, switchover body Digital UK has announced.
The digital switchover process that began in 2008 will come to an end when the last analogue signals are switched off in Northern Ireland.
“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,” said Digital UK chief executive David Scott.
The October 24 date has been co-ordinated with the Irish Republic.
Digital terrestrial television received its public launch on November 15, 1998. The initial failure of the pay-based On Digital (later ITV Digital) gave way to Freeview on October 30, 2002.
The switchover project is expected to be completed £53 million under budget.