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Irish and UK governments agree digital TV deal

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 by Cable.co.uk

The Irish and UK governments have agreed a deal to ensure a smooth digital TV switchover takes place in Northern Ireland.

Politicians in the UK and Ireland have agreed to work together to ensure the public enjoy "a smooth transition" to digital TV services.

The Irish and UK governments have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) over a framework for continuing cooperation on broadcasting issues in Ireland, including the switch-off of analogue services.

Both parties have agreed to ensure RTE and BBC services remain available on a free-to-air basis, while the future of Irish language channel TG4 after the switchover has been guaranteed.

Ben Bradshaw, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, said: "I am very pleased to sign this MoU which is an important step towards ensuring the switchover goes smoothly on both sides of the border, and that BBC services will continue to be available in Ireland and Irish services continue to be available in Northern Ireland."

The Press and Journal recently reported that homeowners in the Scottish town of Aberdeen are being urged to attend meetings about the digital TV switchover, which is set to begin in the area in September.

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