BBC Timeline

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  1. 23-09-1998 BBC Choice launches

    Today saw the launch of the BBC's first new channel in 34 years. BBC Choice, the group's new digital channel, launched at midday. It will be available on all digital platforms - digital TV through an aerial, digital satellite and digital cable.

  2. 08-10-1998 Pace receivers launch BBC Choice digital channel

    To support the launch of the BBC's new digital TV channel, BBC Choice, Pace Micro Technology provided both the digital satellite and terrestrial receivers for the BBC, to enable a live demonstration at launch.

  3. 17-03-1999 ITC & BBC announce agreement for new phase of digital terrestrial frequency planning

    The Independent Television Commission (ITC), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), National Transcommunications Limited (NTL) and Castle Transmission International (CTI) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which jointly commits them to develop further the frequency plan for digital terrestrial television within the UK.

  4. 16-06-2000 BBC wins ONdigital internet task

    The BBC has gone some way to balancing the loss of its rights to Saturday night highlights of the football Premier League to ITV by being appointed to design ONdigital's portal for TV internet access.

  5. 10-08-2000 ONrequest to show football

    Following bad press coverage, u>direct have announced the England vs. Finland World Cup qualifier will also be available LIVE via ONrequest. The cost of this event via ONrequest is currently unknown. Also, the BBC will show highlights of this match.

  6. 27-08-2001 BBC Knowledge multiplex move on the way

    In a press release from the BBC, it has emerged that sometime in October this year BBC Knowledge will be moved from multiplex A (operated by SDN) to multiplex 1 (operated by the BBC).

  7. 11-12-2001 SDN BBC Knowledge ends

    Having broadcast since June 1999 from the SDN operated multiplex A, BBC Knowledge is now no-longer transmitted on it. BBC Knowledge is now only available from the BBC's own multiplex 1 on channel 13. It stills remains unclear as to what will the space left vacant by BBC Knowledge's departure. Channel 800 should be removed from the line-up later this week.

  8. 06-02-2002 New BBC channel numbers

    At midnight tonight the channel line-up will change to alter the numbers of certain BBC channels. The BBCi channel will move to channel 17, with BBC Parliament moving to channel 45. BBC Knowledge will have its banner changed to 'BBC4' (ahead of the launch of the channel) and will move to channel 10. CBBC and Cbeebies, which are currently testing will move to channels 12 and 13 ahead of their respective launches.

  9. 25-04-2002 BBC reassures digital viewers

    The BBC has dismissed speculation that its digital channels could lose one million viewers if ITV Digital is taken off air.
  10. 01-05-2002 BBC feels effects of digital saga

    The ITV Digital crisis has sent shock-waves around the media world - including the BBC, which sees its future in digital broadcasting.
  11. 01-05-2002 BBC launch i-bar

    The BBC today launched the BBCi bar on the DTT platform. The bar which has been testing on DTT for sometime can be accessed though the text button on your remote. The i-bar service allows easy access to now/next infomation, weather, lottery, news updates in the lower third of the on screen and the main service can be accessed at any time by selecting Blue. In a related story, the press red banner on BBC News 24 has gone and been repaced with a small press red button in the top right of the screen, linking to the news pages.
  12. 20-05-2002 RHS Chelsea Flower Show interactive

    The BBC's coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has gone interactive for the first time! To access the service goto BBC One, Two, Choice, Four, News 24, CBBC or CBeebies and press [Text] followed by [Select].
  13. 13-06-2002 Top TV firms scramble for licences

    The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are among the firms to have submitted bids for the digital terrestrial television licences left by collapsed ITV Digital.

  14. 04-07-2002 ITC announces decision on digital terrestrial television

    The Independent Television Commission (ITC) announced today (Thursday, July 4) that it has made a conditional decision to award Multiplex Service Licence B to the BBC and Multiplex Service Licences C and D to Crown Castle.

  15. 16-08-2002 ITC grants DTT licences to the BBC and Crown Castle

    The Independent Television Commission (ITC) has today (Friday, August 16) granted the digital terrestrial television (DTT) Multiplex Service Licence B to the BBC and Multiplex Service Licences C and D to Crown Castle.

  16. 19-08-2002 BBC names digital service

    The BBC is to call its new digital TV service, which launches in the autumn, Freeview.

  17. 14-03-2005 Freeview invites ITV and C4 to take stakes

    Freeview's backers, the BBC, BSkyB and Crown Castle, have said they would welcome ITV and Channel Four as additional stakeholders in Britain's fast-growing digital terrestrial platform.

  18. 10-10-2005 ITV, C4 'poised to join Freeview consortium'

    ITV and Channel 4 are expected to announce they are joining the BBC, Sky and Crown Castle UK in DTV Services, the company that markets Freeview.

  19. 12-10-2005 ITV and Channel 4 join the Freeview consortium

    DTV Services Limited (DTVSL), the consortium which owns and markets Freeview, the fast-growing free digital terrestrial TV service, today announced it has two new shareholders: ITV and Channel 4. As of October 11, ITV and Channel 4 are equal shareholders in the DTVSL consortium, each taking a 20% stake alongside the three founding shareholders: BBC, BSkyB and National Grid Wireless (formerly Crown Castle UK).