Television warning as big switchover nears

UNPREPARED viewers are being warned that they face blank television screens when the analogue signal is switched off next month.

The big digital switchover starts in the upper Calder Valley on Wednesday, September 7, and Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the process, is now launching the final stage of its information campaign.

Large warning messages will be broadcast on analogue channels, reminding viewers to get ready for switchover and the Switchover Help Scheme is also urging any eligible older and disabled viewers yet to respond to let them know whether they want practical support to convert one television set to digital, including a choice of equipment, installation and aftercare.

Viewers can check their switchover date and options for getting digital television by using the Digital UK postcode checker at or by ringing 08456 505050.

A list of advice points running through how to switchover is available at