Retune your TVs, it’s time to go digital

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RESIDENTS in Sheffield, North Derbyshire and other parts of South Yorkshire will have to retune their televisions today, as the first stage of the digital switchover is implemented.

The analogue signal will be turned off for BBC2 in the early hours of this morning, before all other channels are tuned out in a fortnight, on August 24.

Most people will have to retune their TV sets today and then again when the second stage is put into place.

The move affects anyone receiving a signal from transmitters in Sheffield and Chesterfield - including most of North East Derbyshire and areas in and around Rotherham.

Residents in Barnsley and other parts of South Yorkshire receive a signal from the Emley Moor transmitter near Huddersfield, which does not switch over until September 7.

Some houses in the Doncaster area may get a signal from Belmont in Lincolnshire, which started its digital switch process on August 3 and completes on August 17.

The switchover is a nationwide process which will convert the UK’s terrestrial television system to digital, region by region.

As the analogue signal is turned off residents will only be able to receive broadcasts through a digital box, satellite dish or cable service.

Help and advice on what you need to do is available from the Digital UK advice line on 08456 50 50 50, or at www.digitaluk.co.uk.

The BBC’s Help Scheme offers extra help - including assistance with installing new equipment - to anyone aged 75 or over, those who live in a care home, or on certain disability benefits.

The Help Scheme is available in South Yorkshire until October 21. For details call 0800 4085900.

n Sheffield and Rotherham are each in the running to launch one of 20 new local television stations, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

Some 65 towns and cities have been chosen to bid for the licences from Ofcom, with the first wave to be handed out next year.

Mr Hunt said: “These new, local TV services will be a fundamental change in how people get information about their communities.”