Crystal Palace digital switchover date due to be announced tomorrow
Londoners are due to find out tomorrow the date when the iconic Crystal Palace transmitter will switch from analogue to digital.
Some 12 million viewers receive a signal from the towering pylon, which at an overall height of 219 metres is the capital’s third tallest structure.
Digital UK, the organisation responsible for co-ordinating the switchover, has confirmed the change would take place before the Olympics but the exact date is to be announced today.
Digital UK London manager Vivien Morgan said: “As soon as Digital UK became aware of the 2012 Olympics date it was paramount that, with such a huge event happening, digital switchover in London was completed before then.
“Such an event makes our job easier in some respect as we found with the football World Cup that people, with such an occasion coming up, go out and buy a new digital television or one capable of receiving high definition.”
Switchover is the process of converting the UK’s terrestrial television system to digital.
Between 2007 and 2012, analogue channels which broadcast from more than 1,000 transmitter sites are being switched off region by region and replaced with Freeview digital TV and radio services.
The process is intended to improve Freeview reception and make digital TV available free via an aerial to some homes for the first time.
Afterwards, 95 per cent of Londoners will be able to receive more than 40 Freeview channels.
The UK’s first switchover took place in Copeland, Cumbria, in November 2007.
For more information, contact Digital UK helpline on 08456 505050 or visit www.digitaluk.co.uk
See the London24 or Bromley Times website for the exact switchover date.