The Catalan Government has decided to extend analogue broadcasts of Catalan language channels for at least a few weeks until digital distribution is guaranteed in the Catalan speaking region in southern France.
People living in the city of Perpignan, the Roussillon plains and the Vallespir region receive these cross-border broadcasts from analogue transmitters at Maçanet de Cabrenys. Switching them off would deprive this audience of the channels TV3 and 33.
At a press conference last Tuesday, the Media Secretary of the Catalan Government, Carles Mundo said that these two channels have now received an extension of their analogue broadcasts until a digital terrestrial solution has been reached between the Higher Council for Broadcasting and the Spanish Ministry of Industry. Also involved in the negotiations are the Consulate of France in Barcelona, the city of Perpignan and the General Council of Pyrénées-Orientales.
A formal decision is expected in February. This should make a bouquet comprising TV3, 3 / 24, 33, 300 and K3 available in the cross-border area.