NOSTALGIA: Clitheroe leads satellite TV revolution

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THIS week marked the end of old-style analogue TV in the UK as the final region (in Northern Ireland) made the switch to digital broadcasting, marking the end of a five-year switchover programme.

But cast your mind back 20 years and digital TV was still very much a thing of the future, with one if its pioneers right here in Clitheroe. Many said it was a passing fad, the latest techno-gimmick, but local entrepreneur David Dugdale has seen the future and it was the shape of a satellite dish! He sank everything he had into setting up his satellite TV business in a former greengrocer’s shop in Chatburn Road, selling the systems and installing them for an ever-growing circle of customers.

By 1992 he was already making his mark, ranked in the top 10 independent dealers for Sky TV in the country, and number one in the region. That warranted a visit from a Sky TV film crew, including glamorous presenter Suzanne Evett, who interviewed him for the network’s Dealer Channel.

Twenty years on and David is happily retired, having handed the reins of his successful business to his son Jonathan, who has recently masterminded a complete refurbishment of the Chatburn Road showroom. Strange to note that 20 years ago a satellite TV system would have set you back almost £200. Now they come free... as long as you subscribe.

l If you have any pictures suitable for this slot, preferably from the past 50 years or so, please e-mail them to or post to: The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, 3 King Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2EW.

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