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Final stage of digital TV switchover in the Tyne Tees region

ITV1, BBC One, Channel 4 and Five's analogue signals will be switched off on 26th September 2012. Photo: ITV

Analogue television has served the Tyne Tees region for more than 50 years but from Wednesday 26th September 2012, the North East will join the rest of England and be fully digital.

BBC Two's analogue channel was switched off on 12th September 2012 as part of the first stage of the digital switchover process.

ITV1, BBC One, Channel 4 and Five will have their analogue signals switched off on Wednesday morning from the three main North East transmitters at Chatton, Pontop Pike and Bilsdale.

Viewers watching television through Freeview, BT Vision or Top-Up TV will need to retune their digital boxes after the switchover.

Tuesday's North East Tonight was the last ITV regional news programme in England to be broadcast in analogue. Credit: ITV

Northern Ireland will be the last part of the UK to make the switch to digital television.

The process has taken 7 years of planning and cost an estimated £600m.

For more information about the digital switchover visit Digital UK or call 08456 50 50 50

Some people may qualify for extra help and support from the Switchover Help Scheme.