Digital switchover heralds end of era

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THE final analogue television transmitter in South Yorkshire has been turned off for good – as the county’s digital switchover process is completed.

Every resident in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster now needs a digital, cable or satellite system to view their favourite programmes, after the final transmitter on Emley Moor stopped broadcasting in analogue.

Sheffield and Chesterfield’s transmitters stopped sending out analogue broadcasts last month.

But Emley Moor, near Huddersfield, is the biggest transmitter for South Yorkshire, beaming into homes in Barnsley, Rotherham, parts of Sheffield and Doncaster, as well as elsewhere in Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

To mark the momentous occasion, Barnsley-born poet Ian McMillan unveiled a poem entitled Digital Day Dawning.

At a ceremony at Emley Moor he read out the verse, which included the lines: “The switchover story’s now complete; There’s channels galore to view; So sit down in your favourite seat; Watch a film or a show: have a brew!”

John Askew, Digital UK’s Regional Manager, said: “This is an historic day for TV in Yorkshire as we say goodbye to the old analogue system forever.

“Viewers have responded extremely well and many are enjoying the benefits of digital TV for the first time.

“As with any change on this scale, some people may need a bit of extra help so we and the Help Scheme are on hand to give advice and assistance to those who may need it.”

n For help and advice with switching over to the new system call Digital UK on 08456 505050 or log on to www.digitaluk.co.uk.