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Read this: Digital TV switchover will hit rural viewers |Media |The Guardian

Summary: The culture secretary, Andy Burnham, has been accused of neglecting 2.5 million households in rural areas after it emerged they would get less than half the number of TV channels broadcast to the rest of Britain after the switch to digital services. Opposition MPs believe the government is discriminating against rural communities because ministers have refused to make sure that all the broadcasters using the digital service Freeview offer a full service for every home, once the analogue television signal is finally switched off in 2012. The problem is most keenly felt in the Borders TV region, which covers southern Scotland, Cumbria and parts of Northumberland. -

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