1. ITV Report

Getting ready for the digital switchover in the Tyne Tees region

Pam and Ian with BBC Look North presenters launching the switchover information campaign in March. Photo: Digital UK

As the Tyne Tees region gets ready for the digital switchover in September, free community drop-in sessions are taking place to help answer people's questions and concerns about converting to digital television.

The process to turn the analogue signal off will get underway on the 12th September when BBC Two analogue signal with be switched off. BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel Five will be switched off on 26th September 2012.

Digit Al: Look for the pink tick when buying digital ready equipment. Credit: Digital UK

John Askew, Regional Manager for Digital UK in the Tyne Tees region explains the purpose of the Digital Switchover Information Drop-in clinics.

For more information visit the *Digital UK website. *

Extra support to help people switch to digital television is provided by the Switchover Help Scheme.

It is run by the BBC to support older and disabled people change to digital tv.

The Help Scheme is there if you're over 75 or you've been living in a care home for 6 months or longer, you're disabled or on some kind of Disability Living Allowance or for blind or partially sighted people. And what we do is provide a very broad service, we actually come and fit a box for you, we provide the box, that's been specially designed and it's easier to use and you get 12 months support from the point that your box is fitted.

– Emma Lines, Switchover Help Scheme
The Switchover Help Scheme is run by the BBC. Credit: Switchover Help Scheme

Above: Watch the Digital Switchover Help Scheme Advert.

Who is eligible for the Switchover Help Scheme:

  • They are aged 75 or over, or
  • They have lived in a care home for six months or more, or
  • They get (or could get) certain disability benefits, that is, Disability Living Allowance, or Attendance or Constant Attendance Allowance, or Mobility supplement, or
  • They are registered blind or partially sighted.

For more information call 0800 40 85 900 or visit the *Switchover Help Scheme website. *