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Bulgarian minister denies analogue catastrophe

October 2, 2013

By Chris Forrester

Reports that up to 1 million Bulgarians were left without TV when the nation switched its analogue signals off two days ago have been firmly denied by the country’s Minister of Communications Danail Papazov.

Bulgaria’s national transmission operator NURTS had stated that 96.2 per cent of viewer homes could receive the new digital signals. But it is also admitted that around 90,000 homes, which are entitled to a free of charge digital decoder have yet to apply for a converter box.

Speaking in Sofia, the Minister said: “The number of people who do not receive digital TV cannot be 1 million. By Friday we will have a full list of those left without a [digital] TV signal. The ministry will then outline the necessary measures after that.

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