Digital UK puts focus on London 2012 switchover

Digital UK, the body charged with leading the switch from analogue to digital TV, is rolling out its biggest ad campaign yet, as it targets a 'smooth switchover' in London ahead of next year's Olympic Games.

Digital UK: £6m London-focused campaign
Digital UK: £6m London-focused campaign

The capital's analogue TV signal will be switched off on 4 April. To promote the switchover, Digital UK is running a £6m TV, radio, local press and online advertising campaign.

A TV ad features a female viewer who is unaware of the switch to digital. The character's TV stops working during a favourite programme, so she visits Digital UK's brand mascot, Digit Al, to ask whether she can watch his TV. Digit Al's house soon becomes swamped with unprepared viewers.

Digital UK is keen to warn London residents that if they do not switch to digital TV receivers, they will lose access to their 'favourite' channels.

The London switchover coincides with the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics, giving the campaign extra weight for viewers who enjoy sport on TV.

Beth Thoren, Digital UK's director of communications, believes the campaign is its most important yet.

'This is the biggest test of our communications to date,' she said. 'This high-visibility, high-impact campaign will give us the cut-through we need to prepare 12m viewers and ensure a smooth switchover ahead of the Olympics.'

To aid Londoners with the switch, a 20-page guide will be sent to each home, and road-shows will give the public the chance to ask questions.

The first region to switch was Whitehaven, Cumbria, in 2007. Since then, the Borders, West Country, Wales, Granada, West, Channel, STV North and STV Central TV regions have switched. Northern Ireland will be the last in late 2012.

Become a member of Campaign from just £45 a quarter

Get the very latest news and insight from Campaign with unrestricted access to campaignlive.co.uk ,plus get exclusive discounts to Campaign events

Become a member

Looking for a new job?

Get the latest creative jobs in advertising, media, marketing and digital delivered directly to your inbox each day.

Create an Alert Now

Partner content

Share

1 Why creative people have lost their way

What better way to kick off Campaign's relaunch than with another think piece on the current failings of our industry, written by an embittered, pretentious creative who misses "the way things used to be"...

Share

1 Job description: Digital marketing executive

Digital marketing executives oversee the online marketing strategy for their organisation. They plan and execute digital (including email) marketing campaigns and design, maintain and supply content for the organisation's website(s).