Tyne Tees digital switchover enters final stage

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

The final stage of the digital switchover for television viewers in the north east of England and parts of Cumbria and North Yorkshire has begun.

Earlier this month analogue BBC Two was switched off and some digital channels made available from relay transmitters for the first time.

Over the next 48 hours, remaining analogue channels will be permanently switched off.

The area is the last in England to transfer to digital signals.

National digital switchover numbers

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

Source : Arqiva

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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