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February 28, 2008

UK public not ready for digital TV switchover

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by Alan Harten
UK public not ready for digital TV switchover

The National Audit Office (NAO) has made a statement claiming that a full third of the population of the UK is unclear about just how to prepare for the impending switchover to digital TV broadcasting.

The NAO also states, half of all retail staff involved in digital TV sales do not have sufficient knowledge to advise the public correctly about buying digital TV equipment.

The Audit Office also warns there could be a £250 million surplus of cash generated by licence fees. After over-estimates of the costs involved in the BBC switchover help scheme.

Plans are going ahead for complete decommissioning of analogue TV broadcasting by the end of 2012. The switchover will begin with a trial in Whitehaven, Cumbria, and then will move on, region by region until the entire UK has digital only broadcasting.

The NAO said in a statement that “a good start has been made in preparing for the replacement by 2012 of the analogue television service with a digital one”. They went on to say that 85% of all homes had already made the switch from analogue to digital, bought in estimated that over 25 million sets was still in need of being replaced.

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