South East England to start switchover in May 2012

The first stage of the digital switchover in Kent and East Sussex will begin in May 2012, according to dates released by Digital UK.

Switchover will see the five analogue TV channels permanently switched off and the Freeview service boosted to reach virtually all 640,000 households in the South East. Thousands of homes currently in digital blackspots such as Eastbourne, Hailsham, Newhaven, Canterbury, Ashford and Margate will be able to receive Freeview channels for the first time.

Analogue signals will be switched off in two stages at each transmitter group.

East Sussex, Tunbridge Wells and Hastings will complete stage one on 30 May 2012 and go all-digital on 13 June 2012. Analogue BBC Two will be turned off at the Dover transmitter (serving south and east Kent) and the Bluebell Hill transmitter (north and mid Kent) on 13 June 2012. Both areas will go completely digital on 27 June 2012.

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