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24.07.03

WEST TV


BBC West programmes launch on Digital Satellite


BBC West's programmes will be available on the digital satellite platform for the very first time from Tuesday (29 July 2003).


All digital satellite viewers in the region will be able to receive BBC West's complete local programme portfolio – including BBC Points West, Inside Out (West) and the Politics Show (West) – at the 101 setting on their Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).


Previously, satellite viewers had to return to their terrestrial services to access BBC West programmes.


Now viewers can stay on satellite and not only receive their local programmes at the 101 setting, but also use the EPG to watch the BBC's local programmes from anywhere across the UK.


This new development also widens choice - enabling viewers on the cusp of two or more regional broadcasting areas to select, for the very first time, which local service they prefer.


Andrew Wilson, BBC West's Head of Regional & Local Programmes, says: "Technology is constantly evolving and can sometimes be confusing - but this is a welcome development which gives viewers more control and makes programmes made for and by local people more even more widely available.


"For example, anyone who has moved away from the West but can't bear to be without their daily fix of Susan Osman and Chris Vacher can keep up to date with all Bristol's news by selecting BBC West on their EPG.


"Similarly, if a regular Points West viewer is going on holiday to Scotland and wants to check the weather there, they can tune into BBC Scotland's news and weather services at the flick of a button."


Further information on these changes can be found on the BBC's digital website www.bbc.co.uk/digital/tv/sat_regional.shtml


Further information on the BBC's English Regions can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/england


For information on all BBC West's programmes log on to www.bbc.co.uk/pointswest


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