Digital switchover dates in the United Kingdom

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UK digital switchover dates

The digital switchover is the name given to the process by which analogue terrestrial television in the United Kingdom was replaced with digital terrestrial television. It is sometimes referred to as the "analogue switch off".

In the United Kingdom, the terrestrial switchover started on 17 October 2007 and was completed on 24 October 2012. Each group of transmitters within each TV region had its analogue broadcasts switched off at a certain point between those dates. The process was co-ordinated by an independent body, Digital UK.

Switchover guide[edit]

Stage 1 – Analogue BBC Two and low power digital Multiplex 1 switched off. High power Multiplex 1 switched on.
Stage 2 – All remaining analogue channels and low power digital multiplexes switched off. Remaining high power digital multiplexes switched on.

Switchover dates[edit]

These are the dates at which switchover took place in each TV region, as published by Digital UK.

Technical trial[edit]

Transmitter(s) Area served BBC One, ITV1, S4C switched off
Ferryside Ferryside and Llansteffan communities in Wales (approx 1200 people in around 500 properties) 30 March 2005
^† BBC Two was not switched off until 19 August 2009 in conjunction with stage 1 of Ferryside's parent transmitter, Preseli. In addition, the digital multiplexes did not adopt their final transmission modes until switchover at Preseli in 2009.

Border[edit]

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 14 November 2007
Selkirk[1] Scottish Borders 6 November 2008 20 November 2008
Caldbeck[2] North and Mid-Cumbria, and Dumfries & Galloway 18 June 2009 24 June 2009
^‡ Digital multiplexes from these three transmitters did not adopt their final transmission modes until switchover at their parent transmitter, Caldbeck.

Westcountry[edit]

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 22 April 2009
Stockland Hill South-west Somerset, parts of west Dorset and south-east Devon, including Exeter 6 May 2009 20 May 2009
Huntshaw Cross North Devon 1 July 2009 29 July 2009
Redruth East Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 8 July 2009 5 August 2009
Caradon Hill Cornwall and Devon, including Plymouth 12 August 2009 9 September 2009

Wales[edit]

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 9 September 2009
Preseli West Wales 19 August 2009 16 September 2009
Carmel South and central Wales 26 August 2009 23 September 2009
Llanddona North-west Wales, including Anglesey 21 October 2009 18 November 2009
Moel-y-Parc North-east Wales 28 October 2009 25 November 2009
Long Mountain East-central Wales 4 November 2009 3 December 2009
Blaenplwyf Central and mid Wales 10 February 2010 10 March 2010
Wenvoe South-east Wales, including Cardiff 3 March 2010 31 March 2010

Granada[edit]

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 24 July 2009
Winter Hill Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and South Cumbria 4 November 2009 2 December 2009

West of England[edit]

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 7 April 2010
Ridge Hill (West) North Gloucestershire 6 April 2011 20 April 2011

STV North[edit]

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 19 May 2010
Keelylang Hill The Orkney Islands 12 May 2010 26 May 2010
Rumster Forest Caithness 2 June 2010 16 June 2010
Eitshal Lewis, Wester Ross, North West Sutherland and parts of Harris and Skye 7 July 2010 21 July 2010
Skriaig Skye, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and parts of Barra 14 July 2010 28 July 2010
Angus Angus, Dundee, Perth and parts of Fife 4 August 2010 18 August 2010
Durris Aberdeenshire 1 September 2010 15 September 2010
Knockmore Moray, Strathspey and parts of Easter Ross 8 September 2010 22 September 2010
Rosemarkie Inverness and the Great Glen 6 October 2010 20 October 2010

Channel Islands[edit]

Transmitter(s) Area served BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4 switched off
Frémont Point The Channel Islands 17 November 2010

The Channel Islands' transmitters carry three of the DTT multiplexes – BBCA, D3&4 and BBCB. BBCA carries the BBC SD channels as elsewhere, the D3&4 mux carries ITV3 (which is on the SDN mux elsewhere) as of February 2012 in place of ITV1 +1 (which is not available on the islands), and BBCB carries BBC HD, BBC One HD and Channel 4 HD (ITV1 HD is not available on the islands).

STV Central[edit]

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 27 October 2010
Darvel Parts of central Scotland, Argyll and Bute 11 May 2011 25 May 2011
Rosneath HP Rosneath
Rosneath VP
Craigkelly Lothian, parts of Edinburgh and parts of Fife 1 June 2011 15 June 2011
Black Hill Glasgow, central Scotland and parts of Edinburgh 8 June 2011 22 June 2011

Anglia[edit]

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 13 April 2011
Sudbury Parts of Suffolk and Essex 6 July 2011 20 July 2011
Tacolneston Norfolk and north Suffolk 9 November 2011 23 November 2011

Central[edit]

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 13 April 2011
Bromsgrove The Bromsgrove area 6 April 2011 20 April 2011
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 31 August 2011
Fenton Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme 7 September 2011 21 September 2011
Sutton Coldfield much of the West Midlands
Oxford Oxfordshire, parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire 14 September 2011 28 September 2011

Yorkshire[edit]

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 17 August 2011
Oliver's Mount The Scarborough area
Chesterfield The Chesterfield area 10 August 2011 24 August 2011
Sheffield The Sheffield area
Emley Moor Most of Yorkshire 7 September 2011 21 September 2011

Meridian[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

UTV[edit]

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

Northern Ireland was scheduled to complete the digital switchover on the same day as the Republic of Ireland, but the Republic of Ireland switched off analogue signals on the following day (25 October 2012). Viewers in some areas will be able to receive an additional Multiplex of channels carrying RTÉ One, RTÉ Two and TG4. These will be broadcast as DVB-T2, and hence, whilst not in HD will require a Freeview HD TV or box to receive them. Viewers in much of Northern Ireland will be able to receive these and other Irish channels directly from Saorview transmitters based in the Republic.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Selkirk group next for switchover". 29 October 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "News & Star". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007. 
  3. ^ "Digital switchover for Wales unveiled". Digital Spy. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 

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