Date set for Alston digital television switch-on

People living in Alston, Cumbria will start to receive digital television programmes in September, nearly five years after west Cumbria switched.

The television relay for the area currently rebroadcasts a signal originating from Pontop Pike in County Durham.

The switch will be in two stages starting on 12 September.

Whitehaven, in west Cumbria, was the first place in England to turn off the analogue TV signal, in October 2007.

Analogue services will be switched off in two stages at transmitters across the Tyne Tees TV region.

John Askew, from Digital UK said: "[The Alston relay] is part of the North East region and will switch, with the rest of the Tyne Tees North East region, on the 12 and 26 September."

Stage one will see analogue BBC Two switched off and the first group of Freeview digital channels will become available from relay transmitters for the first time.

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

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