22 July 2004

Digital switchover delayed

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell today announced that the analogue TV signal would not be switched off before 2012. The Government has previously said that full conversion to digital would happen between 2006 and 2010, but after warnings from the BBC that this would leave many people without a TV service this has now put back. Jowell insisted that analogue switch-off could start in some regions by 2007. An initiative was also announced to require all new analogue-only televisions to display a sticker with a sell-by date warning that after that point it will no longer be usable without a set-top box. Help will be provided for those people that are unable or unwilling to convert to digital.
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