United Kingdom Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, in a progress report on the digital switchover, said that 2012 "may be the most appropriate date for the completion of switchover." Some broadcasters, including the BBC, suggested this date. Based on the 2012 date, the switching sequence could start as early as 2007. Jowell said that the government is proceeding with a technical trial to switch two villages -- Ferryside and Llansteffan -- to digital only broadcasting, noting, "The residents have responded overwhelmingly in favour of taking part in this trial. If, as we expect, this switchover trial is successful, this community will be the first in the UK to go fully digital next spring."
According to last week's progress report, while the Government believes the earliest possible switcher remains desirable and will provide advantages to consumers and broadcasters, it is concerned that the "final decision on timetable should balance these benefits against the need to ensure that the interests of the most vulnerable consumers are protected."
Earlier announcements had suggested 2010 as the switchover date. For additional information, refer to the progress report on the digital switchover and the BBC news article Digital switch delayed until 2012.
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