TV since 1981

2010

January
The new BARB 2010 panel commences reporting successfully from 1st January.
March
Freeview launches its HD service. Such services are now available on Sky, Virgin and Freesat.
Digital switchover completed in Wales.
April
Sky launches a 3D TV channel for domestic reception.
The first televised party Leaders election debates take place during the run up to the general election on 6th May.
Digital switchover completed in West (excluding Ridge hill).
June
BARB announces a test panel of 75 homes as a field test for assessing feasibility of PC/laptop measurement via the BARB panel.
July
Northern and Shell becomes the new owner of Channel 5.
BSkyB purchases Virgin Media Television channels (Living, Bravo, Challenge and Virgin One).
October
Digital switchover completed in North Scotland.
November
Digital switchover completed in Channel Islands.
December
Ofcom announces that product placement will be permitted in television programmes from 28 February 2011, subject to restrictions.