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The ITV London region will go digital on 4th April 2012, marking the end of analogue TV in the city where television began 75 years ago.

The date for the digital switchover in the capital and surrounding areas was announced by Digital UK, the body leading the process. To mark the occasion, TV favourite Christine Bleakley turned on a light show at Alexandra Palace, where the world’s first regular television service began in 1936.

London’s switchover will be the biggest in the UK by far, affecting nearly twelve million viewers and extending freeview coverage to all parts of the capital and neighbouring areas for the first time. With a population of 7.5 million, London is estimated to contain more TV sets than any other city in Europe, including nearly four million analogue TVs which must be converted to digital in time for the switchover.