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History made as first all-digital UK TV region goes live today

November 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Whitehaven has become the first all-digital UK TV town today. At 2am this morning all of the area’s remaining analogue TV transmissions were turned off. The process began on October 17, when analogue BBC 2 was shut down to make way for new digital multiplexes. Today analogue BBC 1, ITV1 and Channel 4 were also consigned to history. Says Ford Ennals, Digital UK chief executive: “Our research suggests that nearly all 25,000 homes in and around Whitehaven are ready for the completion of this process. We’ve been very impressed by the response of people in Whitehaven to becoming the first all-digital community. I’m particularly grateful for the hard work of the many organisations and volunteers here who have been instrumental in helping their friends and neighbours prepare for switchover.”
Digital UK says that there remain around 500 households in the area who have not yet attempted to buy a Freeview set top box.

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