Help is on offer for digital TV changes

Digital switchover
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THE public information campaign to help viewers in Scarborough prepare for the digital TV switchover was launched today by Digital UK.

In August and September, analogue terrestrial services for households in Scarborough will start being switched off.

Emma Speed, switchover help scheme regional manager for Yorkshire, said: “The thought of changes to their TV signal may concern many elderly or disabled people.

“But there’s no need to worry because help is available. All you need to do is look out for the packs dropping through your door any day now and, once you receive them, either give us a call or return your completed form and we’ll do the rest.”

Switchover will enable Freeview coverage to be increased to reach virtually all households in Scarborough.

People are eligible for assistance from the Help Scheme if: they are aged 75 or over; they have lived in a care home for six months or more; they get (or could get) disability living allowance, or attendance or constant attendance allowance, or mobility supplement, or if they are registered blind or partially sighted.

To apply for help from the Switchover Help Scheme, or to find out if you are eligible for help, call the free helpline number on 0800 40 87 654.

Textphone users can call 0800 40 85 936. For general information about digital switchover, call 08456 50 50 50 or visit