Analogue switch-off fails in Spain

From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain has failed to switch off Local TV analogue transmissions breaking the law that stated that from January 1st all 1,000 existing local TV stations should be migrating to digital.

Two years before the complete migration to digital, scheduled for April 2010 for nation wide TV channels, the road map for the local analogue switch-off approved by the Ministry of Industry is not being met for two main reasons: the lack of interest from local TV channels that argue that they are not ready yet to migrate to digital and the lack of an awarding process in some regions to grant the DTT licences.

The migration to digital of local TV in Spain will result in the closure of many of the local TV stations as those with no DTT licence will not be able to continue broadcasting once the process is completed

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