Get ready for the digital switchover

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VIEWERS who don’t yet have digital television have been warned they will face a blank screen when the old analogue signal is switched off.

The switchover will begin in Portsmouth on March 7, when BBC2 is switched off at the Rowridge transmitter on the Isle of Wight.

Around nine out of 10 homes in the area have already gone digital.

But some Freeview, BT Vision and Top Up TV viewers will need to retune their boxes.

Digital UK, the independent body in charge of the process, is launching the final stage of its information campaign.

The Switchover Help Scheme is urging any eligible older and disabled viewers to get in touch if they want help to convert one television set to digital. The service includes a choice of equipment, installation and aftercare.

For more call 08456 50 50 50 or see