The first full-scale digital television switchover in the UK began in the Scottish Borders region this morning.

Analogue BBC2 was switched off at 00:31 GMT in the first stage of the nationwide programme. Other channels are due to be switched off on November 20th.

Around 52,000 households in the Selkirk transmitter group are affected by the changes. Viewers were previously advised to make sure televisions and Freeview boxes were fitted with a digital receiver.

The switch to digital will mean that viewers will be able to receive a greater number of channels through their TV aerials.

The independent body overseeing the switch, Digital UK, said an improved digital signal would also now be available.

Paul Hughes, Scotland national manager of Digital UK, said: "Scottish Borders residents have really responded to the information campaign and they're well prepared to lead the first, full-scale digital switchover."

Digital UK claims that around 99 per cent of people in the region were aware that switchover was taking place today, and 97 per cent were ready for the change.

06/11/2008 10:32:12