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London prepares for digital switchover

The biggest challenge in the UK’s digital switchover programme has begun with the start of analogue switchover in London.

Analogue BBC Two was switched off allowing for a boost in DTT signals that should allow for Freeview reception for the 400,000 viewers in digital blackspots across London and the Home Counties.

According to, the two-phase switch off will be completed in the London region on April 18 when the remaining analogue channels will be switched off.

Viewers reliant on DTT reception will need to retune their boxes both today and again on April 18.

Digital UK has taken a number of bus sides on London’s famous double deckers to promote the switchover, but overall the focus has remained on terrestrial, rather than the satellite and cable alternatives.