23 October 2012 Digital Switchover finally reached Northern Ireland, the last area in the UK. As part of the last evening of analogue, Classic idents were used, and a joint live broadcast marking the event was shown on UTV and BBC One NI. The Magic Box
was an hour-long special programme, hosted by Eamonn Holmes was a nostalgic celebration of the best of Northern Ireland television over the past 60 years. The programme featured contributions and clips from many well known faces from UTV and BBC Northern Ireland, including Gloria Hunniford, Patrick Kielty, Jackie Fullerton, Gordon Burns, Julian Simmons, Rose Neill, Paul Clarke and Noel Thompson.
Speaking as he closed the simulcast programme, Mr Holmes thanked viewers for watching and said: “Here’s to the next 60 years.”
Final Analogue News Bulletin
Penultimate Analogue Junction
A reprise for the 1980s COW, leading into the simulcast with UTV – ‘The Magic Box’
Final Analogue Junction
Following an informative slide, and a recreation of the 1970s globe, a lovely sequence, including Digital Al, leading eventually to the Titanic ident