Fears persist of 'digital divide'
The Border TV region will have the lowest level of access to additional channels in the UK as a result of going digital, a report has suggested.
In November, the Scottish Borders will become the first full region to lose its analogue signal.
Television watchdog Ofcom said 98% of homes in the Border TV area would get the main package of about 17 channels.
However, only 53% will be able to receive additional digital channels - well below the UK average of 90%.
The figures are much higher in other parts of Britain, with the second lowest percentage - 73% - being found in Wales.
PERCENTAGE OF HOMES WITH ACCESS TO ADDITIONAL CHANNELS AFTER SWITCHOVER
STV Central 93%
STV North (Grampian) 79%
Tyne Tees 96%
Other parts of Scotland also show higher levels of coverage, with STV Central at 93% and STV North (Grampian) at 79%.
The report has prompted renewed concern from Borders MP Michael Moore about a "digital divide".
He claims the figures show that the region is not getting the same service as the rest of the country.
"It seems we are to accept all the risk of undergoing switchover first, without any of the advantages that other areas will have," he said.
Digital UK, which is overseeing the change, has regularly denied that accusation.