Analogue switch off confirmed this morning as the year 2012, some transmitters might go as early as 2007. See below. Digital switchover date confirmed Media regulator Ofcom today confirmed what culture secretary Tessa Jowell suggested in July that digital switchover for television is to be completed in 2012. An Ofcom statement said that new digital licences for broadcasters will comply with 31 December 2012 as a backstop date by which all licensees shall be obliged to cease broadcasting their analogue service. The announcement comes after years of industry speculation regarding the timing of the final switchover date. The media regulator also noted that the switchover process could start being phased in as early as 2007. Ofcom has published a consultation document on digital replacement licences (DRLs) that will take the UK's commercial terrestrial broadcasters - ITV and Channel 5 - through to a fully digital environment. The procedure for replacing Channel 4's existing licence is different, but it, too, will be issued with a new DRL by the end of the year. The broadcasters currently hold analogue licences which allow them to broadcast their services in analogue format, with an additional ability to broadcast on Digital Terrestrial Television. The new agreements will reverse the situation - providing digital licences with an ability to broadcast in analogue. The initial expiry date for each DRL is December 2014. Ofcom also noted that it is working with broadcasters and other interested parties to develop SwitchCo, a company dedicated handling the switchover process.