30 October 2008

Freeview marks birthday with changes

Freeview is six years old today. Launched on 30 October 2002, the platform was designed to rescue the UK's switchover plan from the disaster that was ONdigital. Today, it's the leading digital platform and is looking forward to a raft of new channels and services in the coming months.

There have been a number of changes to services today, mainly carrying out some housekeeping: UKTV Gold has been renamed GOLD, almost a month after the channel rebranded; BBC 7 has become BBC Radio 7, and BBC 1Xtra, Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra have all had their channel names tweaked. Eurosport has been completely removed from the EPG, as has Scottish radio station Clyde 1. Elsewhere, Teletext on 4 has been replaced by a placeholder for 1-2-1 Dating.