Free TV channel bonanza in 2010

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TELEVISION in Jersey will be revolutionised next year making dozens of free channels available to everyone.

The switchover from analogue to digital, by November 2010, will improve television reception and choice for Islanders. Digital UK, the independent switchover body for the UK, is to lead the process, which will allow Islanders to tune in to about 20 channels instead of the standard four.

These will include the public service channels BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, C4 and Five, plus associated digital channels such as ITV2, E4 and BBC Three.

At a press conference yesterday to announce the date of the switchover, Economic Development Minister Senator Alan Maclean said: ‘Everyone remembers the change from black and white TV. This is a revolutionary step and another change in broadcasting taking us into the 21st century.’ He said that the quality of signal would be dramatically increased and that people would soon have better value for their licence fee.

The switchover will revolutionise the way we watch television, offering improved reception and choice of viewing

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