Analogue TV signals will be cut off in Burnham-On-Sea on March 24th 2010 when the region switches to digital TV, it was announced this week.

Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the process, said analogue services beamed across the Burnham area from the Mendip transmitter will be switched off in two stages.

At stage one on March 24th 2010, BBC Two will stop broadcasting in analogue when the first group of Freeview digital channels will become available.

This will be followed two weeks later, on April 7th, when the remaining analogue channels will be permanently switched off and replaced with additional digital services.

When analogue signals are switched off, the number of channels available free via an aerial and digital set top box will increase from four to around 20.

Bill Taylor, Digital UK’s South West Regional Manager, said: “Today’s announcement is a real step forward in the digital TV switchover programme. Once the process is complete, virtually all viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy digital TV through an aerial, offering many homes more choice than ever before.”

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