New era in TV for Shetland as analogue makes way for digital

All analogue TV channels in Shetland were switched off for good today, signalling the dawn of an all-digital era for 9,000 households.

Shortly after midnight, analogue BBC1, STV, Channel 4 and Five were turned off permanently at the Bressay transmitter, enabling extra channels to be broadcast from eight local relay transmitters serving thousands of homes.

The changes also affect existing Freeview viewers who may find some of their channels missing this morning. The services have moved to new frequencies and can be restored by retuning Freeview TVs and boxes.

Digital UK, which has co-ordinated the switch, and the Switchover Help Scheme are today running advice points and a road show to provide support for viewers who need it. The Help Scheme is still open to applications from older and disabled viewers who may qualify for help including a choice of equipment, installation and aftercare.

John MacNeil, Digital UK’s assistant national manager for the north, said: “This is an historic day for TV in Shetland as we say goodbye to the old analogue system forever. Viewers have responded extremely well and many are enjoying the benefits of digital TV for the first time.

“As with any change on this scale, some people may need a bit of extra help so we and the Help Scheme are on hand to give advice and assistance to those who may need it.”

Digital UK is providing support through local advice points, its website ( and an advice line (08456 50 50 50). A switchover road show is also running today in Lerwick.


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