Tyne Tees digital switchover stage one under way

TV gallery The Tyne Tees region will switch over to digital television signals from 12 September

Television viewers in the north east of England and parts of Cumbria and North Yorkshire have been switched to a digital signal.

Analogue services across the region are being switched off in two stages.

For stage one, analogue BBC Two has been switched off and some digital channels are now available from relay transmitters for the first time.

The second stage, to take place on 26 September, will complete the transfer to digital signals in England.

National digital switchover numbers

  • 1,154 transmission sites re-engineered
  • 5,000 analogue transmitters removed
  • 3,700 new high-power transmitters installed

Source : Arqiva

At stage two, the remaining analogue channels will be permanently switched off and replaced with additional digital TV, radio and text services.

Radio signals are not affected by the switchover.

The area is served by the main Chatton, Pontop Pike and Bilsdale transmitters and 33 relay sites.

Viewers can check their switchover date and options for getting digital TV by using the Digital UK website postcode checker or by ringing 08456 50 50 50.

The UK's conversion to digital TV began in October 2007 in the Cumbrian town of Whitehaven.

Digital UK is the non-profit company set up by the government to oversee the transition.

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