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Extra : Digital Switchover

Extra : Digital Switchover

In October 2007, the Whitehaven, Eskdale Green and Gosforth transmitters switched off their analogue BBC TWO signals and switched on their digital transmitters for the main channels, a process completed locally on 14th November 2012 when all their analogue signals were closed down and replaced with a full digital service. This three transmitter switchover marked the beginning of the five-year task of switching the whole of the United Kingdom over to digital televison - a task finally completed just after 11.30pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012. This was when Northern Ireland completed the switchover and over 70 years of analogue television transmissions in the UK came to an end.

BBC ONE Northern Ireland marked the occasion with a few surprise items of presentation nostalgia.

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Before the BBC News at 10, a balloon-era clock ticks away the seconds to the hour, and a prompt start for the news.Clock / Special / 2012
Posted on 27th October 2012

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A classic 'COW' (computer originated world) and a handover to UTV's Julian Simmonds for an in-vision announcement for 'The Magic Box' - a joint BBC/UTV production looking back at over 60 years of television in Northern Ireland.Ident / Special / 2012
Posted on 27th October 2012

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Digit Al's job is nearly done. In a couple of minutes, analogue transmissions will end, so here's some information for viewers on the switchover.Information / Special / 2012
Posted on 27th October 2012

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And this is it, the end of analogue transmissions from the BBC. Leading in with the mechanical mirror-globe, then a nod to idents past and the closure of Ceefax on the screens in the background, Digit Al takes centre-stage whilst the launch of BBC ONE Northern Ireland HD is announced. Finally, the BBC logo fades to black...Ident / Special / 2012
Posted on 27th October 2012

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The first ident post-DSO is from this year's Titanic 100th anniversary celebrations - with a nice little acknowledgement to a certain audience!Ident / Special / 2012
Posted on 27th October 2012

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