Dates are announced for the big digital TV switchover

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THE dates for the start of the digital switchover in Hampshire and West Sussex have been announced.

Analogue signals will be switched off at local transmitters next year.

The Rowridge transmitter, which covers Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and parts of West Sussex, will have its BBC Two signal switched off on March 7 with all channels going by March 21.

The Midhurst transmitter, which covers much of West Sussex, will see its analogue signals end on March 14.

The switchover will see the five analogue TV channels permanently switched off and the Freeview service boosted to reach virtually all 2.48m households in the Meridian area. It means homes in previous digital blackspots will be able to receive Freeview channels for the first time.