Digital UK says sorry for Welsh 'invasion'

A number of television viewers in Ilfracombe are fuming because since the digital switchover they have been receiving Welsh TV. Following a retune on September 30 some 200-300 Freeview customers have seen their service disrupted, because the Welsh mast ap

A number of television viewers in Ilfracombe are fuming because since the digital switchover they have been receiving Welsh TV.

Following a retune on September 30 some 200-300 Freeview customers have seen their service disrupted, because the Welsh mast apparently transmits on a similar frequency as the Ilfracombe relay but has a more powerful signal.

Digital UK, the organisation appointed to oversee the switchover nationwide, has apologised to North Devon viewers who have been affected.

It said specialist advice would be available on its website at www.digitaluk.co.uk or via its helpline on 08456 505050. Advice will also be on offer for those viewers who have lost some channels since the retune.


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Even before the digital switch, a number of people living in the coastal areas of Ilfracombe and Combe Martin found their television sets picked up Welsh channels far more readily than their local service.

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