Analogue TV in the Channel Islands was switched off for good today, signalling the dawn of an all-digital era for 50,000 households.
Shortly after midnight, analogue BBC One, BBC Two, Channel TV and Channel 4 were turned off permanently at the Fremont Point transmitter group, allowing Freeview digital channels to be broadcast across the islands for the first time.
Terrestrial TV services are expected to be restored to most homes this morning, and in other areas (served by smaller relay transmitters) by late afternoon. Viewers switching to Freeview should tune in their digital TVs and boxes once signals are available in their area(1).
Digital UK, which has co-ordinated the switch, and the Switchover Help Scheme are today running advice points and a roadshow to provide face-to-face support for viewers who need it. The Help Scheme is still open to applications from older and disabled viewers who may qualify for help including a choice of equipment, installation and aftercare(2). Applications close on 17 December.
Bill Taylor, Digital UK’s Regional Manager in the Channel Islands, said: “This is an historic day for TV in the Channel Islands as we say goodbye to the old analogue system forever. Viewers have responded extremely well and many are enjoying the benefits of digital TV for the first time.
“As with any change on this scale, some people may need a bit of extra help so we and the Help Scheme are on hand to give advice and assistance to those who may need it.”
Advice for viewers is also available from Digital UK via an advice line (08456 50 50 50) and website (digitaluk.co.uk). The switchover roadshow is running today and tomorrow at the following locations between 9am and 5pm:
Jersey – West’s Centre, Bath Street, St Helier
Guernsey – outside Market Square, Market Street, St Peter Port
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