Closing the News Multiscreen
As you may have read elsewhere, the BBC and other broadcasters are currently working to provide HD channels on Freeview.
Nothing comes for free though, and inevitably, this means that the BBC's existing Freeview service has had to change to help accommodate HD.
It's been a busy time for Freeview users, with them recently being asked to re-tune their TVs or set-top boxes as part of a country-wide rearrangement of broadcast transmissions. Now at the end of October, the BBC will have less room to broadcast interactive TV on Freeview. More details on this are provided here.
For BBC News, this means that we're no longer going to be able to provide one of our services.
The News Multiscreen, which we've been broadcasting on Freeview for a number of years now, will close on Tuesday 27 October 2009.
Obviously News content will still be available for viewers of Freeview.
The BBC News channel continues to broadcast on channel 80, and a comprehensive News, Sport and Weather text service will continue to be offered via the Red Button.
As well as that, the bulletins that we provided via the News Multiscreen can still be found on BBC Online via the following links - News, Sport and Weather.
Our Entertainment bulletin, which was not available on Freeview, is also online.
This change does not affect those of you with Sky or Virgin Media - if you currently watch the News Multiscreen on one of those services, you'll still able to do so.
Removing a service is always a hard decision, but as television broadcast develops, with the arrival of HD transmissions and also with broadband-to-TV technology beginning to take a foothold in the UK, the BBC is exploring how it takes advantage of these changes to ensure that it continues to offer viewers innovative News services.
TVs and set-top boxes are emerging in the market that are connected to the internet and we are looking at what exciting video services we could offer in the future.
Pete Clifton is head of editorial development, multimedia at BBC News.