D-day for analog TV approaches

Transition to digital-only broadcasts within the space of a year

Only 12 months remain until analog TV is no longer broadcast in Australia. By 10 December 2013, all remaining analog TV signals will be switched off, communications minister Stephen Conroy warned today.

"The fact that over 90 per cent of Australians have already converted to digital television is a reflection of how quickly we are embracing our digital future," Conroy said in a statement.

The start of TV broadcasting in Australia is generally dated back to 16 September, 1956, when Bruce Gyngell famously welcomed the nation to the new era of the small screen.

Australian digital broadcasts began in 2001, with the switchover from analog starting in 2010 — with analog services progressively being switched off across the country.

Analog services will be switched off in Adelaide on 2 April next year, followed by Tasmania (9 April), Perth (16 April), Brisbane (28 May), regional and remote WA (25 June), Darwin (30 July), Sydney (3 December) and Melbourne and remote central and eastern Australia (10 December).

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