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Scotland approaches final switchover

EdinburghThe penultimate stage of the Scottish digital switchover will take place tomorrow when the analogue signal is switched off at the Craigkelly transmitter.

The transmitter and its eight relays, which serve Lothian, parts of Edinburgh and parts of Fife, began the switchover process at the start of June when BBC Two became digital only and some new digital channels also became available.

During the early hours of tomorrow (15 June) the remaining analogue channels will also switch to digital and the remaining digital channels will become available.

If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV you’ll will need to re-tune your equipment.

Scottish switchover

This will leave Black Hill, which began the switchover last week, as the only Scottish transmitter still broadcasting analogue signals.

The transmitter – serving Glasgow, central Scotland and parts of Edinburgh – will complete the switchover process on 22 June, making Scotland the second UK nation to complete the switchover process.

Wales completed the digital switchover in March 2010.

The switchover is being managed by Digital UK, the organisation with responsibility for the nationwide switchover process, who can be contacted on 08456 50 50 50.

Digital switchover is the nationwide programme to move all TV services from analogue to digital between 2008 and 2012.

Digital dividend

Ofcom’s role in the switchover process includes licensing the broadcasters, planning the use of the radio spectrum, and assisting on coverage issues.

Our wider role is deciding how best to use the valuable spectrum freed-up as a result of the switchover – the so-called digital dividend. This dividend will deliver significant benefits for people as new services are launched to use the spectrum.

If you want to learn more about the switchover process, check out Ofcom’s feature on TV transmitters.

It looks at the history and development of transmitters in the UK and includes maps showing the locations of TV transmitters in each broadcasting region.

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