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Ceefax switches off as Britain goes fully digital

More than 70 years of analogue broadcasting in the UK has come to an end with the complete switchover to digital television.

Anyone still using the original signal lost access to channels at 11.30pm on Tuesday night.

Daybreak's Lorraine Kelly was among the celebrities making sure viewers knew about the switchover during the campaign Credit: Press Association

The final broadcast was transmitted in Northern Ireland, simultaneously by the BBC and UTV, and fronted by Eamonn Holmes.

It reviewed an era which included the Second World War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the end of the Soviet Union.

Dame Mary Peters from Belfast, the 1972 Olympic gold medallist in pentathlon, turned the final analogue switch off at a transmitter in the city.

BBC Ceefax, the world's first teletext service, also made its final bow.

Ceefax started in 1974 and was switched off last night Credit: BBC/Ceefax

The UK's switchover to digital has been a huge success. Not only has it created more TV choice for consumers, it has also freed up vital capacity that will be used to deliver mobile broadband services to 98% of cities, towns and villages across the UK.

– Ed Richards, Communications regulator, Ofcom
  • The UK's conversion to digital TV began in 2007, with a region-by-region switch off
  • The analogue channels have been replaced by over 70 digital channels
  • It means there is new capacity for mobile broadband services, 4G

This project has been a tremendous success. On time and under budget, it has given television viewers around the nation more choice than ever before, better picture quality and the creation of new channels, making a significant contribution to economic growth.

– Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries